KATHMANDU: The US Embassy in Nepal, through the US Agency for International Development (USAID), will contribute more than US Dollar 450,000 for foods for victims of recent landslides and floods in Nepal, US Embassy in Kathmandu said today.
The Embassy is providing the fund to UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) for food commodities for victims of recent natural disasters.
“The US contribution will enable the WFP to purchase approximately 450 metric tons of locally and regionally produced rice, legumes and other important food commodities,” reads a statement issued by the Embassy today.
The Embassy said the support will meet the food needs for about 40,000 flood-affected individuals in the most severely flooded districts including Bardiya, Banke, Kailali, Surkhet and Dang.
UN’s WFP in Nepal will work under the Government of Nepal’s District Disaster Response Committee and with the Nepal Red Cross Society to ensure that distributions are delivered in a timely fashion to the most needy.
“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,” US Ambassador to Nepal Peter W Bodde said, “We will continue to work with the Government of Nepal and other humanitarian agencies to provide further assistance as needed.”
The Embassy also said that it will help up to 3,000 farmers purchase seeds and tools to rebuild their livelihoods and better prepare for the next agriculture season in Mid- and Far-Western Regions.
Earlier in the month, the US Government had granted US Dollar 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.
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