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21/05/2013
Fears of widespread devastation were allayed as tropical storm Mahasen lost power quickly as it moved inland after hitting Patuakhali district in southern Bangladesh on Thursday.  Fortunately the predicted storm surge was avoided because Mahasen...
16/05/2013
As  Tropical Cyclone Mahasen begins to lash the coast of Bangladesh and Myanmar with fierce winds and heavy rain, three humanitarian experts from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO) are due to arrive in Bangladesh on...
15/05/2013
The European Union will allocate an extra €12 million in humanitarian aid for Mali. This was announced today by ECHO´s commissioner Kristalina Georgieva during the international donor conference for the development of Mali, organised in Brussels...
15/05/2013
Natural and man-made disasters continue to increase in number and intensity since many years: in 1975 there were 78 recorded disasters worldwide; since the year 2000, the number has consistently been between 310 and 432 per year, including in...
13/05/2013
On Saturday, 11 May, Commissioner Georgieva announced an additional humanitarian funding allocation of €65 million for the spiralling humanitarian crisis in and around Syria."Violence, insecurity and the fight for survival now overwhelm the daily...
12/05/2013
With financing from the Nobel Peace Prize Money awarded to the European Union last December, UNICEF and the EU today signed an agreement to support the education of 3 000 conflict-affected children in North-western Pakistan as part of the EU...
07/05/2013
Lebanon, which borders with Syria’s southwest, is a common destination for Syrians fleeing the bloodshed in their country. Over 445 000 Syrians are registered, or awaiting registration, as refugees. For the most part they live in rented...
26/04/2013
Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva is in Addis Ababa where members of the European Commission are meeting the African Union Commission for their 6th joint session. The meeting will address common priorities such as security and the pursuit of...
25/04/2013
Commissioner Kristalina GEORGIEVA issues this dire warning in an Op-Ed which appeared in the Huff Post on 23 April. She states in the article that “We are now at the point where the humanitarian emergency exceeds the capacity to deal with it. The...
05/04/2013
The passage of the tropical cyclone Haruna in February 2013, which affected over 40,000 people in Madagascar, has again highlighted the dangers of chemical and industrial accidents and spills following natural disasters. On 27 March, the European...

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