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20 Jun 2001 description

The United States and El Salvador "have a great deal [to] learn from each other" about mitigating the effects of natural disasters such as earthquakes and hurricanes, says Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Mel Martinez.

Briefing reporters June 20 at the Foreign Press Center, Martinez outlined the goals of his upcoming visit to El Salvador, which will be his first overseas trip as HUD secretary.

16 Apr 2001 description

"Roof and Hope" project helps rebuild Salvadoran village

By Cecilia Hernandez

02 Mar 2001 description

President Bush met with Salvadoran President Francisco Flores at the White House March 2 and announced that the United States has pledged $52 million for post-earthquake reconstruction assistance to El Salvador. The president said he will seek "to match or increase" that amount of aid next year.

Bush also said he had informed Flores that U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft will grant temporary relief from deportation for a period of 18 months to Salvadoran citizens living in the United States.

14 Feb 2001 description

Agency says earthquake measured 6.1 on Richter scale

Washington -- The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced it is responding to the second earthquake to hit El Salvador in a month by sending an immediate $25,000 for the local purchase of relief supplies to aid disaster victims.

An agency spokeswoman said the money will be used to buy such commodities as blankets and jugs of water for the local population.