"The humanitarian situation in parts of Syria, in particular in the de-escalation areas of Eastern Ghouta and Idlib, has deteriorated significantly over the past eight weeks with hundreds of innocent victims, including many women and children.
There have been dozens of civilian deaths and hundreds of wounded in Eastern Ghouta today alone. More than 300 000 civilians have been displaced in the northern Governorate of Idlib, with destruction of civilian infrastructure, such as hospitals.
Today the European Commission announced an aid package of €15 million for disaster preparedness and resilience-building in Haiti.
"Haiti is particularly vulnerable to natural disasters and we are stepping up EU support to help local populations become better prepared. Investment in prevention and preparedness today can save lives in the future," said EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides.
Initiative of the European Union, European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations department (DG ECHO)
The European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations department (DG ECHO) aims to save and preserve life, prevent and alleviate human suffering and safeguard the integrity and dignity of populations affected by natural disasters and man-made crises.