Friday, November 6, 1998 Published at 03:11 GMT
Mitch death toll soars again
Sorting through donations for flood victims
Aid agencies fear the death toll from the devastating floods in Central America will rocket unless the relief airlift is dramatically increased.
With another 13,000 missing and feared dead, Mitch looks set to become the deadliest Atlantic hurricane on record.
He said it would take at least one or two years for the country to return to normal.
But the authorities are increasingly worried the number of casualties could soar if they cannot get still more aid airlifted to the highland areas.
US announces $70m emergency aid
The growing fears come as the United States, pledged emergency aid of $70m, including 2,800 tons of food, for the hurricane victims.
"This is just to deal with the humanitarian consequences. This is just to save lives," he added.
More helicopters and engineers are also being sent out to help rebuild roads and bridges.
Mexico has launched one of the biggest airlifts in its history, and European states have approved a combined $8m in humanitarian aid.
In Spain, government and campaign groups have gathered $30m to be used on flood relief in just four days.
Many in the city died when water swept away shanty towns, and over a million lost their homes.
Their houses have been replaced by mud and the flotsam of wrecked cars, rubble and tree trunks.
Almost 100 bridges are reported to have been destroyed, making the relief effort a logistical nightmare.
Honduras saw more rain in one week than it normally gets in a year.
But officials revised the country's death toll down to 6,076 on Thursday after getting better information from the ravaged countryside.
Threat of disease
Doctors fear epidemics because of the number of dead bodies in rivers.
They are already treating many respiratory and stomach infections, but are running out of antibiotics.
Health workers have been burning bodies and burying others in mass graves in an attempt to prevent the spread of disease.
But near the Casitas volcano they reported finding so many bodies that they were running low on fuel to burn them.