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The European Union and its Member States are the world's leading donor of humanitarian aid.

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.

The Commission, through its Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Operations (ECHO), helps over 120 million victims of conflict and disasters every year.

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.

For funding information, please visit ECHO's website.

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28 Apr 2017 description


  • Heavy rain has been affecting the Central Caribbean islands over the past few weeks, causing floods and landslides.

27 Apr 2017 description


This chapter provides general guidance on conducting post-disaster needs assessment (PDNA) and recovery planning for Employment, Livelihoods and Social Protection (ELSP). It outlines how to assess and estimate the effects and impact of disasters on ELSP and provides recommendations for reactivating economic activities and employment for recovery of livelihoods.

27 Apr 2017 description
  • Due to the heavy rainfall throughout the country that started on 18 April, some communities in the northern and central areas of the Cibao region are currently displaced and without communications. Weather forecasts call for the rains to intensify over the weekend. In Barahona, more than 396 mm were registered (Hurricane Sandy was 400-450 mm).

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