Washington Will Send 900 Troops to Join Rescue

Associated Press

About 900 U.S. troops will deliver emergency supplies and help rescue flood victims in Mozambique, Clinton administration officials said Wednesday.

The Pentagon expects to deliver equipment and supplies within the next several days, White House National Security Council spokesman David Leavy said.

Administration officials said the troops were likely to be deployed from Europe.

The United States is sending six C-130 transport planes to ferry aid and supplies and six MH-53 helicopters to help rescue people from mud and treetops.

The United States already has pledged $12.8 million in emergency relief and military assistance.