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Relief assistance is an expression of European solidarity towards people in need all around the world. It aims to save lives, prevent and alleviate human suffering, and safeguard the integrity and human dignity of populations affected by natural disasters and man-made crises.
The European Commission ensures rapid and effective delivery of EU relief assistance through its two main instruments: civil protection and humanitarian aid.
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With headquarters in Brussels and a global network of field offices, the Commission provides assistance to the most vulnerable people solely on the basis of humanitarian needs.
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What are the needs?
Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan – the five republics in Central Asia – are particularly exposed to natural disasters such as landslides, avalanches, floods, earthquakes, droughts and glacier melt.
Heavy rain has been affecting the country over the past days, especially the north-western provinces, causing floods.
Local media reported, as of 24 March at 7.00 UTC, 11 deaths in the province of Luanda, several missing people, 700 houses destroyed and at least 5 300 houses flooded.
Over the next 48 h, moderate to locally heavy rain is forecast for most of the country.
The worst floods and mudslides in almost 30 years are continuing to affect the country.
A ceasefire agreement was reached on 19 March in the besieged neighbourhood of al-Waer in the central city of Homs. The deal is to be carried out within six to eight weeks, and entails the evacuation of residents and release of detainees. The first evacuation involved 1 400 persons (including 519 children) who arrived in Al-Bab-town and were transferred to Shamareq camp in Azaz. Humanitarian assistance is being provided to cover basic needs of the evacuated persons and protection monitoring.
• The worst floods and mudslides in almost 30 years are continuing to affect the country.
• As of 24 March, the death toll has reached 85 people. More than 784 000 people are affected, including over 111 000 homeless and almost 673 000 severely affected. 1 256 schools are severely damaged and 451 have collapsed and are inhabitable; 344 health centres are affected, and 28 have collapsed; 25 298 hectares of crops have been damaged and 11 800 destroyed.
• A state of emergency has been declared in 12 departments.