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.
A new Tropical Cyclone KAI-TAK (named URDUJA in the Philippines) formed over the south west Pacific Ocean on 13 December and started moving west-northwest toward Eastern Samar province (Eastern Visayas region, Philippines). On 14 December at 0.00 UTC its centre was located 200 km south-east of Borongan city (Eastern Samar province) and it had maximum sustained wind speed of 56 km/h (Tropical Depression).
Despite the progress achieved via the Colombian peace process, persistent violence, including clashes between armed actors, attacks on civilians and targeted killing of social leaders, continues to result in serious humanitarian concerns in some parts of the country. Displacements as well as the confinement of people continues.
Hanoi, 13 December 2017 – In response to Typhoon Damrey, which wreaked havoc across large parts of Vietnam’s central and south-central regions in early November, the European Commission is providing 200 000 EUR (5.36 billion VND) in humanitarian aid funding to assist the most affected communities. The aid will respond to the urgent needs of more than 10 000 heavily impacted people in the provinces of Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh, Phu Yen, and Khanh Hoa.
Since the beginning of December 2017, an estimated 40 suspected cases of meningitis, including one death, have been registered in Niger. Most of the cases are recorded in the districts of Mirriah, Bouza and Magaria (Zinder region, bordering Nigeria). The outbreak occurs very early compared to previous years, which raises concerns that it could expand and affect a high number of people.