February 10, 2005
by Kevin Caruso
President George W. Bush has pledged to increase the Unite States’ contribution for Asian tsunami relief from $350M to $950M.
Indonesia and Sri Lanka will receive much of the new aid, as India and Thailand have indicated that they do not need aid from other governments
More than $300M of the additional $600M being pledged will be spent on construction projects, such as roads, schools, and water distribution systems.
"We will use these resources to provide assistance and to work with the affected nations on rebuilding vital infrastructure that re-energizes the economies and strengthens societies," Bush said of the new amount.
The other countries at the top of the pledge list include Australia ($750M) and Germany ($680M).