The United States has pledged $1 million in humanitarian aid to the affected victims as a result of the flooding in Nigeria.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing the assistance, and the agency says the $1 million will allow local partners on the ground to provide emergency shelter assistance, relief commodities, and hygiene kits to promote safe and healthy practices in the midst of the ongoing cholera outbreak.
The United States Consulate in Nigeria said in a statement on Thursday, October 20 that the unusually heavy rainfall is regrettable, with flooding affecting nearly 2.8 million people across the country, completely damaging or displacing millions.
“The United States continues to stand with the people of Nigeria during this extremely difficult 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. In the same region, more than 4 million people 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 cases were recorded in 2022, 31 out of 36 states reported cholera cases.
“As 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.
“The United States maintains a long history of providing humanitarian assistance across the country. In 2022, USAID provided more than $356 million in humanitarian assistance to people most affected by conflict and food insecurity in Nigeria.
This life-saving assistance is in addition to USAID’s annual $539 million development budget for Nigeria that supports economic growth, health, democratic governance, and education.”
Flooding in Nigeria is caused by an inadequate drainage system and climate change following heavy rains in urban areas, which results in more extreme storms and rainfall.
The flood began earlier this year on October 6, 2022, killing over 600 people in Kogi state after roads to other parts of the West African nation became submerged in floods.