The United States says it is providing $1 million in immediate humanitarian assistance to support the people affected by unprecedented flooding in Nigeria.
Provided through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the 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.
Making the announcement, U.S Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Leonard said that the country was concerned 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 as 31 out of 36 states reported cholera cases this year.
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“We are filled with grief for the flood victims who have lost so much – livelihoods, homes, and even loved ones,” said U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard. “The United States continues to stand with the people of Nigeria during this extremely difficult time,” Ambassador Leonard said.
She explained that the unusually heavy rainfall and resulting flooding has affected nearly 2.8 million people across the country, adding that many homes have been damaged or destroyed, displacing millions of people.
She maintained that 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,” she said.
She noted that 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.
She said that the United States maintains a long history of providing humanitarian assistance across the country has provided more than $356 million in humanitarian assistance to people most affected by conflict and food insecurity in Nigeria In 2022.
“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,” she said.
Story was adapted from U.S Embassy and Consulate in Nigeria.