The United Nations has pledged to provide $20 million in aid to support the country.
Farhan Haq, UN Deputy Spokesperson disclosed this at a news conference on Tuesday at UN headquarters in New York.
“With nine million dollars from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and $11 million from the Nigeria Humanitarian Fund, we will support the Government-led response efforts across Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states.
“Assistance includes ready-to-eat food, access to clean water, health care and agriculture support,’’ he said.
Haq said the emergency funding would help jumpstart the response, adding that “the $1.3 billion humanitarian response plan for Nigeria is only 26 per cent funded”.
According to humanitarian partners, almost 700,000 children under five are likely to suffer from severe acute malnutrition in 2023 in the region, and more than half a million people may face emergency levels of food insecurity from June to August.
In May, UNICEF said about 23 million Nigerians are at risk of acute food insecurity due to prolonged insecurity in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states.
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