September 25, 2019 / 5:15 PM / 2 months ago

United States commits $36 million to Venezuela humanitarian aid: USAID chief

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States will be committing $36 million in aid to Venezuela, as part of a United Nations program to provide relief to the country, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) administrator Mark Green said on Wednesday.

The U.N. has said it needs $223 million for its programs to serve 2.6 million vulnerable Venezuelans this year, but has raised only a fraction of that amount. The once-prosperous OPEC member is suffering a hyperinflationary economic collapse marked by chronic shortages of food and medicine.

Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk and Luc Cohen; editing by Grant McCool

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