Flood Response: US commits additional $5 million to Nigeria
The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has provided additional $5 million Humanitarian Assistance to flood victims in Nigeria.
The donations builds on USAID’s initial support of $1 million in life-saving aid provided following the devastating floods.
This was disclosed in a statement by the US Embassy in Nigeria.
The heavy rainfall and resulting flooding in mid-August affected more than 4.4 million people across the country.
The floods displaced at least 2.4 million people, destroyed hundreds of thousands of homes, and damaged more than 1.6 million acres of farmland. More than 660 people lost their lives.
The USA Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard said: “With this new funding, USAID partners will reach more than 225,000 people in seven highly affected states with critical aid, including emergency shelter, water and sanitation to protect against water borne diseases, hygiene kits to promote safe and healthy practices, multipurpose cash for families to purchase what they need to recover, and other complementary assistance to promote economic recovery in communities impacted by the devastating floods”.
Ambassador added that “The United States will continue standing with the people of Nigeria during this extremely difficult time and maintains a long history of providing humanitarian assistance across the country”. She added
In fiscal year 2022 alone, the United States has provided more than four hundred and six million US Dollars in lifesaving, multi-sector assistance to people most affected by conflict and food insecurity.