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UN grants Nigeria $10.5m for flood relief

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By Okunloye Abiodun

To alleviate flood impact, the UN is providing additional funding for Nigeria.

Matthias Schmale, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Nigeria, has announced that additional funding of $10.5 million will be made available to assist with flood relief efforts in Nigeria. At a press conference held at the United Nations headquarters in New York, Farhan Haq, who serves as Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, revealed this information. According to Mr. Haq, Mr. Schmale made the announcement of the funding in a statement to support Nigeria as the country dealt with unprecedented flooding, which resulted in more than 4.4 million people being affected across the country and 2.4 million being displaced.

People living in the states that have been most affected will benefit from this new funding coming from the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and the Nigeria Humanitarian Fund. These funds will be used to provide clean water, sanitation, medical care, shelter, and non-food items. He added that this would include those affected in the northeastern part of the country, which is reeling from the combined effects of floods, prolonged conflict, rising hunger, and an outbreak of cholera.

Schmale shows his concern for the attacked humanitarian members.

Furthermore, the deputy spokesperson stated that Mr. Schmale had spoken out against the killing of a member of Médecins du Monde, a humanitarian organization based in Damboa, Borno State. Mr. Schmale also extended his deepest condolences to the deceased aid worker’s family and coworkers on behalf of the United Nations, as he had done personally. He also expressed his hopes that the UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) pilot who was hurt in the attack by the rogue soldier would recover quickly.

Mr. Schmale emphasized that all humanitarian workers in north-east Nigeria deserve their deepest gratitude for their bravery and commitment to staying and providing life-saving assistance to those in need in often perilous and threatening situations. Humanitarian workers must be safeguarded, he added. Mr. Haq noted that Mr. Schmale praised the efforts of the government and the military to investigate the incident that took place recently and urged them to foster remedial measures in order to prevent incidents like this one from occurring in the future.

USAID also provides support for those impacted by floods in Nigeria.

In October, Emergency humanitarian aid in the amount of $1 million was also provided by the United States through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to help those in Nigeria who have been impacted by the unprecedented flooding. Almost 2.8 million people across the country have been impacted by the unusually heavy rainfall and subsequent flooding. Not only have tens of thousands of homes been damaged or destroyed, but two million people have been displaced as a result. Over 600 lives have been lost.

Since November is expected to be a humid month, according to USAID disaster experts, therefore they affirmed that they would keep an eye on the situation, working closely with humanitarian partners, the Nigerian government, and the U.S. Embassy in Abuja to evaluate the situation and provide whatever aid is necessary. The United States will always be there for the people of Nigeria, and they have a long history of providing humanitarian aid all over the country, including during this time of crisis. More than $356 million in multi-sector assistance, much of its lifesaving, was provided by USAID in the year 2022 alone, primarily to people in areas plagued by conflict and food shortages.

Many homes and farmlands have been destroyed as a result of the flood.

Moreover, according to the report gathered thus far, more than 300,000 homes have been either destroyed or damaged. In addition to losing their homes, hundreds of thousands of people have also seen their means of subsistence and their access to food become compromised. It is estimated that 569,251 hectares of farmland have been damaged, rendering households unable to harvest their crops and resulting in a loss of both food source and income source.


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jdpumping
jdpumping
1 year ago

Thanks to UN for their towards towards the flood victims in order to alleviate their present situation just hope it is well spent on the right people not diversion of funds.

Abusi
Abusi
1 year ago

Look at the huge amount of money given to Nigeria for flood victims. I just hope Nigeria government distribute it to the victims of the flood escapades. At least it will help alleviate them a little.

Haykaylyon26
Haykaylyon26
1 year ago

Grant giving to Nigeria for flood relief should go to where is supposed to, it is for to victim that have lot many thing to the flood I hope this can fund can relief them from their suffering now

Last edited 1 year ago by Haykaylyon26
Hassan Isa
Hassan Isa
1 year ago

a statement announcing the funding to aid Nigeria in the wake of the country’s unprecedented flooding, which has left many homeless and displaced a great deal of wealth.

Chibuzor
Chibuzor
1 year ago

These newly allocated funds coming from the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund will be of great assistance to the people who make their homes in the states that have been hit the hardest.

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Nwachukwu Kingsley
1 year ago

Clean water, medical treatment, shelter, and non-food goods should be provided with this money. The northeastern part of the country, he stressed, would be included.

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
1 year ago

It is predicted that a large area of farmland has been destroyed or severely damaged, leaving families unable to harvest their crops and suffering a loss of both food and cash.

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
1 year ago

We should all say prayers and keep our fingers crossed that the UNHAS pilot who was hurt in the attack by the rogue soldier will make a speedy recovery.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Godsewill Ifeanyi
1 year ago

The government and the military have done well to conduct an investigation into the recent tragedy, and we should applaud their efforts and urge them to adopt corrective steps to prevent similar situations in the future.

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
1 year ago

Its sad that not only have hundreds of thousands of people been forced out of their homes, but also their means of subsistence and their access to food have been disrupted.

theApr
theApr
1 year ago

This new assistance from the Nigeria Humanitarian Fund and the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) of the United Nations will aid residents of the most impacted states. Excellent deed; thanks to the UN

Tolaniiii
Tolaniiii
1 year ago

All of the money donated to help those affected by the flooding in Nigeria should be distributed to those who need it most: the people who lost everything in the disaster.

Christiana
Christiana
1 year ago

We should commend the administration and the military for investigating the recent disaster and urge them to take corrective measures to prevent similar situations in the future.

Ultra0711
Ultra0711
1 year ago

The victims in Nigeria who have lost a great deal due to the flooding should be the primary recipients of any donations made to help them.

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
1 year ago

United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund will be of great assistance to the victims. I hope Nigeria govt dispenses the funds to the victims of the flood.

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
1 year ago

alleviate flood impact, the UN is providing additional funding for Nigeria. Thanks to UN for this support we really appreciate. All the best

DimOla
DimOla
1 year ago

We have been receiving several fund for flood victims. Now Nigeria will be receiving another UN grants of $10.5m. I it will get to the affected.

SarahDiv
SarahDiv
1 year ago

UN grant of $10.5m that has been released to flood victims is really a great one.It will go a long way in salvaging what has been lost during the flooding.

Adeolastan
Adeolastan
1 year ago

This is a good gesture from the UN, it’s now left with the people in charge of the agencies responsible for the management of the money to do the right thing.

Remi1
Remi1
1 year ago

We should applaud the government and the military for looking into the recent disaster and compel them to take corrective action to avoid reoccurring incidents.