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31 Dec 2015 description


2015 was a year marked politically by the 2014 presidential elections in Afghanistan, and subsequent drawn out processes that led to the formation of the national unity Government in September 2014. It was the year in which Afghan security forces took full responsibility for the security and protection of the population. It was marked by the fall and capture of the city of Kunduz by the Taliban on 28 September, the subsequent devastating air strike on the MSF hospital, and a month later by a powerful 7.5 magnitude earthquake on 26 October.

31 Dec 2015 description

In its work on disasters and conflicts, which aims to minimize threats to human well-being from environmental degradation, UNEP focuses on achieving results in two areas:

  • Risk reduction – Improving countries’ ability to use environmental management to prevent and reduce the risks of natural hazards, industrial disasters and conflict.

27 Dec 2015 description

A 6.3 magnitude earthquake occurred in Afghanistan on 25 December at 23:44 (UTC+04:30) local time. The epicenter was in Zebak district, Badakhshan province in the North East Region, at a depth of 203.4 km. Approximately 793,404 people live within 100km of the epicenter. The impact was felt across the North and East of Afghanistan, as well as in Kabul, and as far as Pakistan and India. The North Eastern and Eastern Regions of Afghanistan were most affected, with Badakhshan being the worst affected province. The earthquake’s impact is considered moderate.

26 Dec 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • So far this year 972,551 people have arrived by sea in Europe. At least 243,000 of all arrivals are children. More than half of them entered Europe between October and December 2015.

  • The proportion of children registered at the border between Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia has increased from 9 per cent in June to 35 per cent in the first two weeks of December.

26 Dec 2015 description


On 25 December 2015, at 23:44 local time a 6.2 magnitude earthquake occurred in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan. The earthquake epicenter is in Zebak district, Badakhshan province. The epicenter location is 36.515N 71.135E. The earthquake depth is 203 km. Earthquake distances: 40 WSW of Eshkashem (Zebak) district, Badakhshan province; 47 km SE of Jorm district, Badakhshan province; 83 km SE of Fayzabad city, Badakhshan province; 283 km NE of Kabul city, Afghanistan.

Affected provinces and districts

25 Dec 2015 description


■ 20,774 refugees and migrants crossed the border into fYR Macedonia during the reporting period 11-17 December, with a daily average of 2,968. Since UNHCR began monitoring departures from Gevgelija on 1 July 2015 some 648,178 refugees and migrants have departed.

■ Intention to apply for asylum: 348,017 applications have been filed from 19 June through 17 December 2015 (source: Ministry of Interior).

24 Dec 2015 description


  • On 17 December, Minister Aleksandar Vulin opened a new Refugee Aid Point (RAP) in Miratovac, 1.2 km from the border with fYRo Macedonia. Together with the Ambassador of Norway, Minister Vulin also opened the first phase of the Preševo Tobacco factory renovation, increasing the heated overnight shelter capacity of the Reception Centre (RC) in Preševo by 120 beds.

23 Dec 2015 description

The European Commission (EC) enacted four major decisions during this reporting period. It:

23 Dec 2015 description

Key messages

  • Over three decades of conflict in Afghanistan have led to insecurity and large scale displacement both within the country and to neighbouring Iran and Pakistan.

  • The European Commission continues to provide humanitarian assistance to the displaced and those affected by conflict and natural disaster, providing emergency health services, shelter, water and sanitation and livelihood support to the most vulnerable.

  • Vulnerable Afghan refugees in Iran and Pakistan benefit from EU-funded care and maintenance support.

19 Dec 2015 description


1.2 million Estimated Number of IDPs in FATA and KPk OCHA – November 2015

138,185 Families Who Voluntarily Returned to FATA since March 2015 OCHA – December 2015

192,120 Registered Families from FATA Who Remain Displaced OCHA – December 2015

1.5 million Estimated Number of Registered Afghan Refugees in Pakistan UNHCR – October 2015


18 Dec 2015 description


  • Earthquake affects 134,000 people; USAID partners lead response
  • Humanitarian need increases significantly due to conflict and natural disaster
  • IDPs exceed 1 million


18 Dec 2015 description
  1. In accordance with the procedures at reference, EADRCC has received today, 17 December 2015, a request for assistance from the Republic of Serbia. The following information was provided.

2. General Situation

Type of the Disaster : Influx of refugees

Date and Time the Disaster occurred : Ongoing

Location of the Disaster : Southern and Western Serbia

17 Dec 2015 description


 The number of refugee arrivals averaged 3,285 per day.

16 Dec 2015 description
report European Commission

On 25 October, President Juncker convened a Leaders Meeting on refugee flows along the Western Balkans route to address the unfolding emergency situation. The objective was to improve cooperation, step up consultation between the countries along the route and take pragmatic operational measures to tackle the refugee crisis. Leaders representing Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia agreed on a 17-point Action Plan.

16 Dec 2015 description

The situation

As of today, more than 950,000 people are being reported to have crossed to Europe in 2015. The main migratory entry point remains Greece, with almost 800,000 arrivals registered.

15 Dec 2015 description
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CHF 465,684 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 3 November 2015 to support the Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) in delivering assistance to 2,000 families and replenishment of non-food items in the earthquake affected north east and eastern regions of Afghanistan.