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 Read more >>
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CERF in Action - Rapid Response
CERF releases funds through the Underfunded Emergencies window
The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has allocated an unprecedented US$175 million to neglected emergencies in 2013. Twelve humanitarian emergencies received some $100 million in the first underfunded emergencies round in January 2013. Another thirteen hidden emergencies were provided some $75 million through the second underfunded emergencies round in July 2013.
The Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, selected the following countries to benefit from the underfunded emergencies window: Bangladesh ($2 million), Chad ($8 million), Colombia ($3.5 million), Democratic People Republic of Korea ($6 million), Djibouti ($3 million), Haiti ($1.5 million), Madagascar ($3 million), Mauritania ($4 million), Myanmar ($3 million), Niger ($8 million), Pakistan ($10 million), Philippines ($3 million) and Somalia ($20 million).