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Wednesday 2 March 2005

Clinton says tsunami relief may take 3-4 years

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton said tsunami relief efforts could take three to four years, urging the international community to be prepared to do more to help the hardest-hit Asian regions.

Clinton, a special United Nations envoy for tsunami reconstruction efforts, said there was still much work to do to rebuild tsunami-hit communities, local media quoted him as saying after arriving in Singapore late on Monday.

"I think the long-term rebuilding is challenging and will cost a lot of money and we have to be prepared to do this for three or four years," Clinton told a news briefing.

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