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Bill Clinton, George W. Bush to visit quake-devastated Haiti

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former U.S. presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush will visit Haiti on Monday to discuss the impoverished country’s long-term recovery after a January earthquake killed hundreds of thousands of people.

More than a million people were also left homeless when the magnitude 7 quake struck the Caribbean nation’s capital Port-au-Prince on January 12.

The former presidents set up the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund for relief efforts at President Barack Obama’s request. More than 200,000 people have so far donated more than $36 million to the fund.

“Presidents Clinton and Bush will meet with Haitians, the government of Haiti, and others providing assistance to earthquake survivors, with the goal of further establishing long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts,” the Clinton Foundation said in a statement on Thursday.

Clinton is also the U.N. special envoy to Haiti and is in charge of coordinating relief efforts for the country.

From 2005 to 2007 he served as the U.N. special envoy for tsunami rebuilding after the December 26, 2004 earthquake and tsunami that killed around 226,000 people, mainly in Indonesia, India, Thailand, Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund will “respond to unmet needs in the country, foster economic opportunity, improve the quality of life over the long term for those affected, and assist the people of Haiti as they rebuild their lives and ‘build back better,’” the Clinton Foundation said.

Reporting by Michelle Nichols, editing by Vicki Allen

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