THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON SEEKS $200 MILLION FOR EMERGENCY DISASTER ASSISTANCE FOR SOUTHERN AFRICA April 21, 2000
President Clinton asked the Congress today to provide $200 million in emergency funding for Mozambique and other countries in Southern Africa to provide for emergency disaster and reconstruction assistance expenses arising from cyclones Gloria, Eline, and Hudah and the associated flooding.
The region of Southern Africa has been inundated in recent months with unusually heavy rain that caused both widespread human suffering and enormous damage to transportation infrastructure, water and sanitation systems, schools, clinics, and farms. Hardest hit has been Mozambique, which experienced the worst flooding in recorded history. While Mozambique continues to make great efforts to sustain its fledgling democracy and its program of market reforms, it is still one of the world's poorest countries.
The requested emergency funding will provide assistance for rehabilitation, reconstruction, and disaster mitigation. It will also restore authority for the Department of Defense (DOD) to draw down funds from existing accounts to provide for humanitarian relief operations.
Specifically, the package would provide funding for:
In addition to this request, the United States is providing approximately $82 million from existing funds for Mozambique and the other affected countries in Southern Africa for the most urgent humanitarian and reconstruction requirements.
The President also asked the Congress to approve an FY 2001 amendment to allow the early disbursement of Foreign Military Financing Program funds for Egypt. This proposal would enhance military cooperation between Egypt and the United States and strengthen ties with a valuable coalition partner and strategic ally who plays a positive and indispensable role in the Middle East peace process.