Tuesday, January 04, 2005

The Tsunami Aid Figures So Far

"The greatest source of America's generosity is not our government," Bush said, "it's the good heart of the American people."
According to the International Herald Tribune's Brian Knowlton:
[Jan] Egeland noted that private U.S. donations already appeared set to surpass the $350 million Bush has promised.

That is the second largest donation, after Japan's $500 million, and ahead of the World Bank and Britain. The overall total has reached $2.1 billion.

France, which originally donated €15 million, or $20.5 million, before tripling that amount, said it was further increasing its aid to €48.8 million, and sending two navy ships carrying helicopters, a medical team and an operating room.

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