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Former US Presidents To Tour Tsunami-Ravaged Region


Former U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush are on their way to Asia on a four-nation tour to inspect the devastation caused by last year's tsunami.

Mr. Clinton and Mr. Bush will visit Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand and the Maldives. They will tour hard-hit areas of Indonesia's Aceh province and visit refugee camps.

The two former presidents are hoping to counter donor fatigue and help keep the focus on the vast amount of work that still needs to be done to rebuild the region.

More than 200,000 people are dead or missing in 11 countries hit by the tsunami on the morning of December 26, 2004.

Earlier this year, Mr. Bush and Mr. Clinton were appointed by President Bush to spearhead fundraising efforts in the United States.