December 11, 1998


I want to thank the people across the United States who have responded to this tragedy with their generosity and hard work.

President Bill Clinton
December 11, 1998

Today, President Clinton meets with the Presidents of Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Costa Rica and the Vice President of Guatamala to reassert the U.S. commitment to helping nations damaged by Hurricane Mitch rebuild. The President will also announce his intention to visit the region next year and a new contribution of food aid, valued at $17 million and bringing total U.S. relief efforts to $300 million.

Leading Efforts To Help The Countries Of Central America Rebuild. The devastation created by Hurricane Mitch did substantial damage to countries in Central America. Both First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and Tipper Gore have traveled to the region, surveyed damage, and announced efforts on behalf of the Administration. As the needs of Central American countries shift from emergency disaster relief to long-term reconstruction, the United States will be there to assist in any way we can.

Working To Provide Aid To Hard-Hit Nations. Today, the President will announce that the United States is providing an additional $17 million in food aid, bringing our total relief assistance to $300 million. Since Hurricane Mitch hit Central America, the U.S. has provided the following assistance:

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