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$10 million to Thailand
« on: November 17, 2011, 05:44:53 PM »
Clinton pledges $10 million to Thailand flood relief over a short visit

The United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pledged aid in Bangkok for Thailand's political reconciliation efforts and announced more than $10 million in aid for flood relief. The show of support came as Thai media reported the government is seeking amnesty for former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, a divisive leader who is living in exile to avoid corruption charges.

Clinton reaffirmed backing Wednesday for Thailand and the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shiniwatra as it is contending with its worst flooding in decades.

Hundreds have been killed, tens of thousands forced to flee their homes, and a quarter of the country swamped.

After arriving in Bangkok in the late afternoon for a short visit on her way to Indonesia, Clinton announced an additional $10 million of direct aid, materials, and training for flood relief.

Clinton arrived in Bangkok on Wednesday in a hastily arranged trip, making a detour while on her way to attend a regional summit in Bali, Indonesia. On Wednesday, she announced an aid package worth $10 million in addition to $1 million in aid already given through the Red Cross.

Parts of Thailand, especially areas just outside Bangkok, still face weeks of flooding. But the Bangkok Metropolitan Authority said the overall situation in the capital is improving quickly, especially in Don Muang and Lad Phrao, a district studded with office towers, condominiums and a popular shopping mall.

Lad Phrao intersection is expected to be totally dry by this weekend, and all other main streets will be back to normal within two weeks, Bangkok Gov. Sukhumbhand Paribatra said.

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