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US provides aid for flood‚ landslide relief efforts

The US mission in Nepal is contributing more than $450,000 in food assistance to the UN World Food Programme in Nepal to support flood and landslide relief work being carried out by the government and other humanitarian aid partners, according to the US Embassy in Kathmandu.

The US Embassy today issuing a press note said that it will provide the assistance through the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

The US contribution will enable the World Food Programme to purchase approximately 450 metric tonnes of rice, legumes and other important food commodities, it said. “It will meet the food needs for about 40,000 flood-affected individuals in the most severely flooded districts of Bardiya, Banke, Kailali, Surkhet and Dang for just over a month.”

The UN World Food Programme in Nepal will work under the government’s District Disaster Response Committee and with Nepal Red Cross Society to ensure that distributions are delivered in a timely fashion to the most needy, the release read.
“On behalf of the American people, I offer our deepest condolences to the families of those killed and to those rendered homeless in the recent flooding and landslides,” said US ambassador Peter W Bodde. “We will continue to work with Nepal government and other humanitarian agencies to provide further assistance as needed.”

The US government, through USAID, will help up to 3,000 farmers purchase seeds and tools to rebuild their livelihoods and better prepare for the next agriculture season to assist farmers in the mid- and far-western districts, who were affected by the landslides and floods.

Earlier, the US government granted $50,000 to the Nepal Red Cross Society to restock the pre-positioned non-food relief items as part of the emergency relief efforts in the most-affected areas.

In recent years, the US government has provided more than $670,000 to enhance emergency preparedness and immediate response.