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                     Office of the Press Secretary
                 (Shanghai, People's Republic of China)
For Immediate Release                                      June 30, 1998
                       PRESIDENT CLINTON DECLARES 
                      MAJOR DISASTER EXISTS IN OHIO

The President today declared a major disaster exists in the State of Ohio and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms, flooding, and tornadoes on June 24, 1998, and continuing.

The President's action makes Federal funding available to affected individuals and local governments in a four-county area. The counties include Guernsey, Muskingum, Noble, and Washington.

Assistance can include disaster housing, grants, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

Federal funding also is available to eligible local governments on a cost-sharing basis for debris removal and emergency protective measures. Federal funding is also available on a cost share basis for hazard mitigation measures.

The Agency said that damage surveys are continuing in other areas, and additional counties may be added after the assessments are completed.