The U.S. To Send Nigeria $1m In Humanitarian Assistance For Flood Victims.

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The United States has promised to provide $1 million in humanitarian assistance for people affected by unprecedented flooding in Nigeria. The U.S. Agency is providing aid for International Development (USAID). The agency says the $1 million will allow local partners to provide emergency shelter assistance, relief commodities, and hygiene kits to promote safe and healthy practices amid the ongoing cholera outbreak. On Thursday, October 20, the U.S. Consulate in Nigeria said the hefty rainfall is regrettable, with flooding affecting nearly 2.8 million people across the country, wholly damaging or displacing millions of people. "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 challenging time," Ambassador Leonard added. "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. More than 4 million people in the same region are projected to continue experiencing acute food insecurity amid the worsening global food crisis." "We are also 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 were recorded in 2022, 31 out of 36 states reported cholera cases. "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."

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