DUBLIN, Ireland, October 2, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ – Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello TD, has announced that Ireland has provided almost 36 tonnes of emergency shelter supplies to assist thousands of families affected by the floods in Niger.
Torrential rainfall has resulted in heavy flooding all over the country. The floods have affected almost 20,000 households, with almost 8,500 families forced to abandon their homes.
Minister Costello said:
“I have approved an airlift of 4,500 blankets, 2,100 mosquito nets, 250 tarpaulins, and 150 tents from Ireland’s pre-positioned stocks in the UN Humanitarian Depot in Accra, in Ghana. These essential supplies will allow our partner organisation in Niger, Plan Ireland, to provide emergency assistance to those who have been forced to relocate as a result of the flooding. These supplies were delivered today, October 1. “
Niger has already been affected by a severe food crisis in 2009/10 and again in 2011, which caused a drop in incomes, substantial loss of livestock and other assets, increased levels of household indebtedness, and reduced farming families’ access to nutrition.
Ireland – Ministry of Foreign Affairs