The United States government, through its agency for International Development (USAID) has announced additional provision of $5 million in humanitarian assistance to support people affected by recent flooding in Nigeria.
A statement by the United States Embassy in Abuja said the fresh assistance builds on USAID’s initial support of $1 million in life-saving aid provided following the devastating floods across several states of the federation.
The flooding followed unusually heavy rainfall in mid-August which 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, with more than 660 lives lost.
“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 said.
The United States Ambassador in Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard, said the U.S. government would continue to stand with the people of Nigeria during this extremely difficult time and maintains a long history of providing humanitarian assistance across the country.
During the 2022 fiscal year, Leonard said the United States provided more than $406 million in lifesaving, multi-sector assistance to people most affected by conflict and food insecurity.