The European Commission has drawn up a landscape of the main disaster risks Europe faces today. Flooding, extreme weather and critical infrastructure disruption are among the top five risks across the European Union, as identified by Member States. Interdependencies are growing in a risk landscape that is increasingly influenced by climate change.
Improving the understanding of disaster risks in Europe is an important step towards effective disaster risk reduction, and constitutes the basis for planning emergency preparedness and response to emergencies and disasters in Europe.
The European Commission has announced humanitarian assistance of over €44 million to help people in need in south-west and Central Asia, who continue to face the consequences of years of conflicts and displacement, as well as recurrent natural disasters. The funding will support Afghan refugees and their families in Iran and Pakistan, help victims of conflict in Afghanistan, and improve disaster risk management in Central Asia.
In light of an intensifying cholera outbreak, Commissioner Stylianides expresses EU support for the people of Yemen.
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.