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.
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More than 140 people are feared to have been buried in a landslide in Sichuan province in south-western China. About 40 homes were destroyed in Xinmo village in Maoxian county, after the side of a mountain collapsed at about 06:00 local time (22:00 UTC) on 23 June. The police and rescue workers are deployed in the affected area. The landslide had been triggered by recent heavy rains, amplified by a lack of vegetation in the area.
The villages of Gossi and Ouinerden (Rharous area, Timbuktu region) have been affected by heavy rainfall that caused flash flooding. According to local rapid assessments, the floods resulted in damage to shelter and property, loss of foodstuff and the death of thousands of livestock. The risk of water-borne disease outbreak is high after water points were contaminated by animal corpses. The flash floods are putting further stress on an already vulnerable community that has been affected by food insecurity and a pastoral crisis.
The European Commission is scaling up its response to an unprecedented cholera outbreak in Yemen with an additional €5 million, bringing total EU support for efforts to tackle the disease to €8.8 million.
Helmand province, in southern Afghanistan, has long been among the country’s provinces most badly affected by violence. War-related injuries are a daily occurrence here, but access to medical services is challenging, as the conflict has left the healthcare system in tatters. Determined to support the critical need for specialised trauma care services in the area, the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) has been funding a 90-bed surgical centre run by the NGO Emergency which, with support from the World Health Organization (WHO), saves lives on a daily basis.