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08 Feb 2017 description
  • Severe weather, including heavy rain and snowfalls, has been affecting the central and northeastern provinces of the country over the past few days, causing snow avalanches.

  • National authorities reported, as of 7 February 7.00 UTC, that the death toll following the snow avalanches on 5-6 February has reached at least 100 people. In addition, 27 people were injured and over 240 houses were damaged in the provinces of Badakhshan, Nuristan, Laghman, Nangarhar, Paktya, Parwan, Bamyan and Dykundi. Search and rescue operations are still ongoing.

06 Feb 2017 description


• Severe weather, including heavy rain and snowfalls, has been affecting the central and northeastern provinces of Afghanistan and the northern provinces of Pakistan, causing casualties and damages.

• As of 6 February, national authorities reported at least 85 people dead, of which 70 in Afghanistan and 15 in Pakistan, over 245 houses destroyed in Afghanistan and at least 72 houses damaged throughout the affected areas. Traffic disruptions have also been reported.

14 Jan 2017 description

Key messages

· The number of refugees in Turkey has reached over 3 million people, making Turkey the host country with the largest refugee population in the world.

· About 90% of Syrian refugees in Turkey remain outside of camp settings with limited access to basic services. The European Commission is providing humanitarian assistance to vulnerable refugees, particularly to those living outside of camps.

07 Jan 2017 description

With the humanitarian situation drastically deteriorating in a number of countries and regions, the EU is releasing urgent assistance. A total of €28.7 million have been allocated to respond to the most pressing humanitarian needs in Somalia, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Egypt and Libya.

17 Nov 2016 description

Key messages

  • Education is lifesaving. Education is crucial for both the protection and development of girls and boys affected by crises. It can restore a sense of normalcy and safety and provide them with important life skills. It is also one of the best tools to invest in their long-term future and in the peace, stability and economic growth of their countries.

  • The Commission currently dedicates over 4% of the EU's overall humanitarian budget to education in emergencies, one of the most underfunded sectors of humanitarian aid.

24 Oct 2016 description

Today, Commissioner Christos Stylianides is concluding his second visit this year to Iran. During his three-day stay, the Commissioner met with the national authorities, including the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Minister of Interior and representatives from the Bureau for Aliens and Foreign Immigrants Affairs (BAFIA) and visit humanitarian projects across the country. He also discussed humanitarian issues in the wider Middle East region.

07 Oct 2016 description

◾On 3 October, the Taleban attacked Kunduz city from four sides, and managed to take control of parts of it, including government buildings. Since then the Afghan government forces have retaken some areas of the city, but fighting continues.

30 Sep 2016 description

Key messages

  • Almost four decades of conflict in Afghanistan have led to insecurity and large scale displacement within the country and to neighbouring Iran and Pakistan. Intensified conflict continues to force people out of their homes: this year alone, by the end of August some 245,000 people had already fled to safer places.

08 Sep 2016 description

Riddled by conflict for decades, Afghanistan is also a recurrent victim of natural disasters, ranging from floods to landslides, avalanches, heavy snowfall. The combination of these events affects the livelihoods of many Afghans, regularly triggering the need for urgent humanitarian assistance. In response, the European Commission has been providing funding to support humanitarian projects designed to meet the basic needs of at-risk populations in affected areas across the country.

12 Aug 2016 description
  • High intensity fighting has been reported in Helmand province. On the 1 August Non-state armed groups (NSAGs) launched a coordinated attack on the Nad-e-Ali district centre prompting a wave of displacement into Lashkar Gah city.

  • Since the 1 August 403 households have been displaced (approximately 2 800 people) from Nad-e-Ali have and are moving towards Lashkar Gah city. Given ongoing military operations there is potential for further small scale population movements.

22 Jul 2016 description

• Heavy rain has been affecting several areas of the country over the past few days causing floods and landslides.

20 Jul 2016 description
  • The number of conflict induced displaced people continues to grow as insecurity affects more parts of the country: in 2016, almost 160 000 people were displaced in 29 provinces out of 34 provinces, more than half of them children. A total of 1.2 million are internally displaced as a result of conflict.

22 Jun 2016 description

Facts & Figures

  • 65 million people are forcibly displaced worldwide:

  • 21.3 million refugees,

  • 40.8 million internally displaced - 1.8 million seeking asylum.

  • Largest sources of refugees: Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia, South Sudan , Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Key messages

  • The number of forcibly displaced people (refugees and internally displaced people) has continued to rise alarmingly in 2015 and 2016, calling for increased humanitarian assistance worldwide.

16 Jun 2016 description
  • The overall number of refugees and migrants in Greece, including the islands, was reported as 57 113 on 12 June.

  • On 13 June, evacuation began of informal sites at Polykastro, close to the northern border and the former Idomeni site. Around 300 officers took part in the operation to relocate a total of around 4 000 migrants from the makeshift sites into state-run facilities.