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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release February 28, 2000


I am deeply saddened by the devastation caused by flooding in southern Africa, which has worsened over the past few days. Almost a million people in Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe have lost their homes or their livelihoods, and tens of thousands of people in Mozambique are stranded in flooded areas and require urgent rescue.

Today we are allocating $1 million, through the U.S. Agency for International Development, to support aircraft for critical search and rescue operations and the delivery of relief supplies. In addition, we have already provided over $1.8 million to fund air transport, prevent disease, deliver supplies and support relief efforts. Two aircraft from the Department of Defense are on the way to deliver shelter materials, blankets and other relief supplies. Also, we are dispatching a Disaster Assistance Response Team to the region to determine other ways that we can help our friends in Southern Africa.

The thoughts and prayers of the American people are with the people of the region as they cope with this disaster.

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