US Secretary of State Clinton Visits Thailand Flood Victims

Posted November 17th, 2011 at 3:40 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has met with some of Thailand's flood victims, a day after promising a $10 million aid package.

Clinton exchanged the traditional Thai greeting Thursday with some of the more than 1,400 evacuees living in gymnasiums at a Thai sports complex. She promised those present that U.S. help is on its way.

The top U.S. diplomat announced the assistance after talks Wednesday with Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra in Bangkok.

Clinton left Thailand later Thursday to attend the East Asia Summit in Bali, Indonesia.

Clinton's visit coincides with that of United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Mr. Ban on Wednesday said he was “deeply saddened and humbled” after viewing the affected areas, adding that the world body is ready to help the government's relief efforts.

Millions of people have been affected by the floods which began in July, mostly in Thailand's northern and central areas.