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U.S. plans $1m humanitarian aid for flood victims

The United States (U.S.) Government yesterday pledged a $1 million humanitarian help for flood victims in Nigeria.

The cash, to be supplied by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will enable native companions on the bottom to supply emergency shelter help, reduction commodities, and hygiene kits to advertise protected and wholesome practices amid the continuing cholera outbreak.

It will even be a supply of multipurpose money help for individuals impacted by the devastating floods.

The U.S Consulate in Nigeria, which made this recognized in an announcement, regretted the unusually heavy rainfall and leading to flooding.

“We are crammed with grief for the flood victims who’ve misplaced a lot – livelihoods, houses, and even family members,” mentioned U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard.

“The U.S. continues to face with the individuals of Nigeria throughout this extraordinarily troublesome time,” Ambassador Leonard added.

The assertion reads: “We are additionally involved that standing floodwaters might enhance the chance of cholera and different waterborne illnesses in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states, the place cholera outbreaks have been declared in August and September and not less than 7,750 instances have been recorded in 2022, 31 out of 36 states reported cholera instances.

“As specialists anticipate heavy rainfall and flooding to proceed by November, due partially to local weather change and inadequate drainage infrastructure, USAID catastrophe specialists will proceed monitoring the scenario in shut coordination with humanitarian companions and the Government of Nigeria to evaluate wants and decide if further help is required.”

In Anambra, the state authorities expressed concern over a potential outbreak of cholera and different infectious illnesses following the flooding.

Executive Secretary, Anambra State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (ASPHCDA), Dr. Chioma Ezenyimulu raised the priority at a one-day media engagement in Awka forward of the forthcoming measles marketing campaign.

Ezenyimulu, who was represented by Dr Placid Uliagbapusi, the Director, Disease Control and Immunisation, mentioned that the marketing campaign will start on October 25 and finish on November 2.

The ASPHCDA boss mentioned that although the state had scheduled the measles vaccine marketing campaign, the flood catastrophe in seven of the 21 native authorities areas had heightened fears of a potential outbreak of cholera and different illnesses.

She defined that the measles vaccine marketing campaign could be shifted within the seven native authorities areas the place the impression of the flood catastrophe is excessive.

Also in Awka, the Anambra chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) mentioned not less than 600 flood victims benefitted from its free medical providers.

The Chairman, Dr Jane Ezeonu, informed the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the medicare was carried out by a crew of 13 medical medical doctors at an internally displaced individuals (IDPs) camp in Umueri, Anambra East Local Government Area.

In Bayelsa, a former Commissioner for Information, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, appealed to Governor Douye Diri to method the state meeting to extend the flood reduction funds allotted to communities affected by the catastrophe in Ogbia Local Government Area.

The governor has already permitted N450 million for reduction to about a million displaced individuals throughout the state’s eight councils.

A former Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mike Okiro, appealed for medical and agricultural help for victims of the flood catastrophe in Ohaji/Egbema and Oguta Local Government Areas of Imo State.

Okiro, who’s the National Leader, Oguta/Ohaji/Egbemea Socio-economic Development Initiative, made the decision when he visited flood-affected areas.

Some of the areas visited included Obiakpu, Ukwuagba, Ojiji, Oguta, Opuoma Abaezi, Egbema and Etekwuru, amongst a number of communities whose mainstay of financial system are fishing and farming.

He known as for a head rely of scholars within the affected areas in a bid to help them to return to highschool after eight months of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike.

Similarly, Ijaw girls in America raised the alarm over the worsening dwelling circumstances of flood victims within the Niger Delta.

The National President of the Ijaw Women of America (IWA), Mrs. Eunice Apreala, in an announcement, lamented that “over three million individuals, largely girls and kids, have been displaced! All their houses and crops have been submerged in water. Yet no state of the Federal Government has declared a state of emergency on this troubling growth.

“I plead with all individuals each native and international to provide you with aids in help of our individuals. We are crying for assist; we don’t wish to lose yet another life, each life is vital and their destinies must be fulfilled”.

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