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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.

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All Updates

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23 Feb 2017 description
  • Severe weather, including heavy rain, thunderstorms and strong winds, has been affecting several areas of the country over the past few days, causing floods.

  • Local media reported, as of 22 February at 0.00 UTC, that two people died on Viti Levu island.

  • Over the next 24 h, moderate to locally heavy rain may still affect most of the country, including the areas already affected.

22 Feb 2017 description

The UNESCO Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Tsunami Early Warning and Mitigation System in the North-eastern Atlantic, the Mediterranean and connected seas (ICG/NEAMTWS) was formed in response to the tragic tsunami on 26 December 2004, in which over 250 000 lives were lost around the Indian Ocean region. After about 10 years, four Tsunami Watch Providers (TWPs) have been established: Turkey, Greece, Italy and France.

22 Feb 2017 description

Facts & Figures

Since fighting erupted in December 2013:

  • More than 1.7 million internally displaced people according to UN estimates

  • Over 202 000 people seeking refuge at UN Mission compounds (UNMIS)

  • Over 1.1 million South Sudanese refugees & asylum seekers in neighbouring countries (UNHCR)

  • 67 aid workers killed by warring parties (UNOCHA)

About 4.8 million people experiencing food insecurity

22 Feb 2017 description
  • Acute Watery Diarrohea (AWD) is reportedly increasing in Kutupalong camp and Balaukhati settlement in Cox’s Bazar region of Bangladesh, where there has been a recent influx of Rohyngya refugees from Myanmar. An increasing number of cases were reported by humanitarian partners, raising concerns about a potential outbreak of cholera.

22 Feb 2017 description

◾Heavy rain has been affecting most of the country over the past few days, causing floods. Approx. 144 mm of rain were recorded in Jakarta city (Java island) in 24 h over 20 - 21 February.

◾According to local media, as of 21 February at 7.00 UTC, one person died in Bekasi city (West Java province), over 5 000 people have been evacuated and more than 1 580 houses have been damaged. Traffic has been disrupted in the provinces of Central Java, West Java, East Jakarta and North Sulawesi.

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