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US Commits $1m to Assist Flood Victims in Nigeria

The United States of America through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing $1million in immediate humanitarian assistance to support the people affected by unprecedented flooding in Nigeria, Leadership reports.

This was disclosed in a statement issued on Thursday by the Public Affairs Section of the US Embassy in Abuja, which expressed concerns that the unusually heavy rainfall that resulted in flooding has affected nearly 2.8 million people across the country.

The statement noted that the $1million in new USAID support will allow local partners on the ground to provide emergency shelter assistance, relief commodities, and hygiene kits to promote safe and healthy practices amid the ongoing cholera outbreak, and multipurpose cash assistance for people impacted by the devastating floods.

Reacting to the disaster, US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard, said: “we are filled with grief for the flood victims who have lost so much – livelihoods, homes, and even loved ones.”

Ambassador Leonard added that “the United States continues to stand with the people of Nigeria during this extremely difficult time.”

The floods have exacerbated an already critical humanitarian situation in Nigeria, where ongoing conflict, especially in the northern region, has driven millions of people from their homes. In the same region, more than 4 million people are projected to continue experiencing acute food insecurity amid the worsening global food crisis.

In addition, many homes have been damaged or completely destroyed, displacing millions of people.

The US also expressed concern that standing floodwaters could increase the risk of cholera and other waterborne diseases in Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states, where cholera outbreaks were declared in August and September and at least 7,750 cases were recorded. In 2022, 31 out of 36 states reported cholera cases.

“As experts expect heavy rainfall and flooding to continue through November, due in part to climate change and insufficient drainage infrastructure, USAID disaster experts will continue monitoring the situation in close coordination with humanitarian partners and the Government of Nigeria to assess needs and determine if additional assistance is required,” the statement said.

The United States maintains a long history of providing humanitarian assistance across the country. In 2022, USAID provided more than $356 million in humanitarian assistance to people most affected by conflict and food insecurity in Nigeria.

This life-saving assistance is in addition to USAID’s annual $539 million development budget for Nigeria that supports economic growth, health, democratic governance, and education.

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