United States Provides $1 Million in Emergency Humanitarian Assistance in Response to Devastating Floods in Nigeria | Press release

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The United States, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing $1 million in immediate humanitarian assistance to support those affected by unprecedented flooding in Nigeria. The unusually heavy rainfall and resulting flooding affected nearly 2.8 million people across the country. In addition, tens of thousands of homes were damaged or completely destroyed, forcing the displacement of two million people. More than 600 people died.

The floods have exacerbated an already critical humanitarian situation in Nigeria, where ongoing conflict, particularly in the northern region, has already driven millions of people from their homes. In the same region, more than four million people are expected to continue to experience acute food insecurity amid a worsening global food crisis. To make matters worse, we are concerned that standing flood waters are also increasing the risk of cholera and other waterborne diseases in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states, where cholera outbreaks have been declared in August and September and at least 7,750 cases have been recorded. In 2022, 31 out of 35 states reported cases of cholera.

USAID’s new support of $1 million today will enable local partners on the ground to provide emergency shelter repair kits and hygiene kits to promote safe and healthy practices in the middle of the ongoing cholera epidemic, as well as multi-purpose cash assistance for those affected by the devastating floods.

While experts expect heavy rains to continue through November, USAID disaster experts will continue to monitor the situation in close coordination with humanitarian partners, the Government of Nigeria, and the US Embassy. United States in Abuja to assess needs and determine additional assistance required.

The United States will continue to stand with the people of Nigeria during this extremely difficult time and maintains a long tradition of humanitarian assistance across the country. In fiscal 2022 alone, USAID provided more than $356 million in lifesaving, multi-sector assistance to those most affected by conflict and food insecurity.

For the latest updates on USAID’s humanitarian assistance in Nigeria, visit here.

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