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.
(Niamey, 24 October 2013): Valerie Amos, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, has allocated US$7.9 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to boost implementation of nine underfunded humanitarian projects in Niger. The projects are part of the 2013 Humanitarian Appeal for the country and aim to provide assistance to more than 650,000 vulnerable people.
26 July 2013: In May, some 6,240 people fled the violent military conflict in Nigeria and crossed into Niger, the country ranked last in the 2013 United Nations Development Programme’s Human Development Index. The extremely poor country is unable to address the humanitarian needs of the newly arrived refugees.
In response, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has provided a grant of US$8,220,862 to two United Nations agencies through the rapid response window.
23 July 2013: Niger has suffered eight major cholera outbreaks since 1971. Cholera has reappeared in the country in 2013, claiming the lives of at least ten people.
One of the poorest countries in the world, Niger does not have the means to address the outbreak. As of 26 June 2013, some 322 cases of cholera have been reported. In response, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has provided a rapid response grant of US$1,571,207 to two United Nations agencies.
CERF in Action - Rapid Response
CERF releases funds through the Underfunded Emergencies window