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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Egypt is a destination country along the central Mediterranean refugee route with people arriving from both the Middle East and east Africa. A growing population of concern is stranded in the most overcrowded and poorest neighbourhoods of its largest cities such as Cairo and Alexandria as a result of an upward trend of new arrivals and tightened control measures aimed at curbing irregular outflows towards Europe.
On 10 October a family of five Rohingya returned spontaneously from Balukhali camp, Cox's Bazar to Myanmar. They are currently held in Taung Pyo Letwe reception centre. On 4 October India deported seven Rohingya men that had been detained in the country since 2012 despite objections by UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and human rights organisations. The decision has sparked fear that further deportations are to follow. The men reportedly arrived in Kyauktaw Township, central Rakhine State on 8 October and have been staying in several villages. UNHCR has been unable to access them.
A low pressure system over the last two weeks has left 21 fatalities, more than 160 000 people affected, and 16 000 displaced in Central America. Rain continues to fall as a new system is beginning to form. More rain is expected in Honduras over the next 24 hours. The Permanent Contingency Commission of Honduras (COPECO) maintains a yellow alert for Copán, Ocotepeque, Lempira, Intibucá, La Paz, Comayagua, Francisco Morazán, El Paraíso Valle and Choluteca. Authorities continue to provide assistance to 7,728 people affected. In El Salvador, Sonsonate is one of the departments most affected.
- Since the beginning of October, the Northern Department of La Guajira has been severely affected by heavy rain. According to UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), over 64 565 people (some 12 913 families) have been affected. The Regional Government has declared a state of emergency. President Ivan Duque visited the affected area on Saturday 13 October.
- The passage of Tropical cyclone LUBAN from 8 to 14 October has caused flooding in the coastal district of Al Maharah Governorate in Yemen and in several areas of the border with Oman.
- According to media reports, as of 17 October, three people died, 33 are injured and 2 000 families were affected in Al-Maharah (Yemen).
- Over the next 24 hours, moderate to locally heavy rain over south-west Yemen and the coastal governorates may continue to affect the country, including the areas already flooded.