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Bill Clinton launches aid effort for storm-hit Caribbean

February 1, 2018
FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2017 file photo, former President Bill Clinton participates in a panel discussion during a summit on the country's opioid epidemic at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland. Clinton is going to the Caribbean in Feb. 2018 to assess damage from last year's devastating hurricanes as his foundation launches an effort to help with reconstruction on the hardest hit islands. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2017 file photo, former President Bill Clinton participates in a panel discussion during a summit on the country's opioid epidemic at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland. Clinton is going to the Caribbean in Feb. 2018 to assess damage from last year's devastating hurricanes as his foundation launches an effort to help with reconstruction on the hardest hit islands. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

MIAMI (AP) — Former U.S. President Bill Clinton is going to the Caribbean to assess damage from last year’s devastating hurricanes as his foundation launches an effort to help with reconstruction on the hardest hit islands.

Clinton will travel next week to the U.S. Virgin Islands and Dominica. Both places continue to struggle in the aftermath of Hurricanes Maria and Irma.

The foundation says it is organizing the Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery at the invitation of leaders of the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Dominica and the twin-island nation of Antigua and Barbuda.

A statement announcing the effort Thursday says the foundation will mobilize aid and coordinate efforts to rebuild on the islands devastated by the back-to-back September storms.

The Action Network will hold its first meeting in Miami in April.

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