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United States Commits $5 Million in Additional Humanitarian Assistance For Nigeria Flood Response Efforts

The United States (U.S.), through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing $5 million in additional humanitarian assistance to support people affected by unprecedented flooding in Nigeria.

A statement by the U.S. Mission, Abuja said that the announcement on Wednesday “builds on USAID’s initial support of $1 million in life-saving aid provided following the devastating floods.”

According to the statement: “The unusually 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.

“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.” 

The statement quoted the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard, as saying 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.”

In fiscal year 2022 alone, the United States provided more than $406 million in lifesaving, multi-sector assistance to people most affected by conflict and food insecurity across the nations of the world.

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