The United States Government through the US Agency for International Development (USAID), has donated an additional $5 million in Humanitarian Assistance to flood victims in Nigeria.
A statement by the US Embassy in Nigeria, said the donations are in addition to USAID’s initial support of $1 million in life-saving aid provided following the devastating floods across the country in August.
The flood had displaced at least 2.4 million people, killed about 660 people, destroyed hundreds of thousands of homes, and damaged more than 1.6 million acres of farmland.
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 waterborne 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 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 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.