As stated by the U.S. Agency for international development (USAID), the U.S. Mission in Nepal will lend additional fund for the relief of flood victims in Nepal. The press release came on 28th August from USAID stating that more than $ 450,000 fund will be contributed by U.S. mission to contribute the food assistance program for providing immediate food supply in flood affected regions of Nepal. The food assistance program will run under the UN World Food Programme in Nepal.
The relief fund came from the USAID’s office of Foreign Disaster Assistance supporting the humanitarian aids program launched by Nepal government along with other local and international levels organizations.
The flood and landslides had already took more than hundreds of lives in mid and far western region of Nepal. The disastrous impact has made thousands of families homeless with entire districts in vulnerable position of further effects.
The fund amount will be utilized to buy 450 metric tonnes of rice, legumes, and other food items which are locally produced and can meet the current need in earliest way possible. It is estimated that the amount of food purchased from the fund will meet needs of 40,000 flood victims for a month period time. The food program will be under close observation of Nepal government, Nepal District Disaster Response Committee and Nepal Red Cross society. USAID had supported 50,000 USD to Nepal Red Cross Society for restocking the immediate relief items for disaster affected area just a month ago.
In the press release, Americna ambassador to Nepal, Mr. Peter W. Bodde stated “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. We will continue to work with the Government of Nepal and other humanitarian agencies to provide further assistance as needed.”