Following is the text of President Clinton's statement on flooding in Vietnam:
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
December 9, 1999
STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT
I was saddened to learn of renewed flooding in the central provinces of Vietnam, which were already inundated by heavy rains last month. On behalf of the American people, I extend my deepest sympathies to all those who have suffered losses and are struggling to rebuild, including the families of many Americans of Vietnamese descent.
The United States is providing emergency assistance to support flood relief efforts, just as we provided almost $600,000 in November to deliver supplies and build flood-resistant homes. We stand ready to provide further help to meet the urgent needs of those affected by the flooding and to help the Vietnamese people better withstand futureflooding.
(Distributed by the Office of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State)