29 October 2013: In mid-August severe flooding struck Niger, with the worst damage occurring in the Tilabery, Dosso and Maradi regions. The flooding has affected some 135,943 people and caused 32 deaths. An estimated 8,456 families had to leave their damaged homes, and they urgently need shelter. In addition, more than 12,500 acres of crops have been wiped out, reducing household income and assets dramatically.
Niger is already strained by malnutrition and accumulated poor harvests. The flooding is an additional shock to the country, and further flooding is expected in the coming weeks. In response, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has provided a rapid response grant of US$3,000,002 to two United Nations agencies.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has received $606,572 to provide non-food items, such as sleeping mats, blankets, screens, buckets, soap and jerry cans.
To mitigate the risk of increased malnutrition, the World Food Programme (WFP) has received $2,393,430 to provide food assistance. The WFP will target children under age 5 in particular.
The allocations are expected to help 100,000 people.