Europe South Asia Asia Pacific Americas Middle East Africa BBC Homepage World Service Education



Front Page

World

UK

UK Politics

Business

Sci/Tech

Health

Education

Sport

Entertainment

Talking Point
On Air
Feedback
Low Graphics
Help

Sunday, November 8, 1998 Published at 03:20 GMT


World: Americas

Eyewitness: Aid effort in action

The Choluteca River flows south through the capital Tegucigalpa

By Tom Gibb in Choluteca, southern Honduras

The first commercial airlines carrying provisions pledged by President Clinton have arrived in the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa.

But distributing supplies to the worst affected areas depends on repairing the roads and it is going to take an enormous amount of money and effort to rebuild this country.

Here on the edge of the southern city of Choluteca the river completely changed its course - most of the water from the whole of southern Honduras washed through here.

There are 15 bulldozers working in front of me, they've been at it for four days but they still have a long way to go before the road will be useable again.

At least food, fuel and drinking water can get through here by road now.

There are hundreds of people carrying meagre supplies back home on their heads - thousands of people here have lost their homes. They say they've been helped by neighbours, and certainly there's a strong sense of solidarity here which bodes well for the future.

Many other areas, however, remain cut off, reliant on the airlift which is only slowly picking up speed.

The greatest fear is that epidemics will break out because of the lack of drinking water. There have already been some isolated reports of cholera and typhoid.



Advanced options | Search tips




Back to top | BBC News Home | BBC Homepage | ©




Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East | South Asia



Relevant Stories

07 Nov 98 | Americas
Aid blow to Mitch survivors

04 Nov 98 | Americas
Famine fears after floods

27 Oct 98 | Americas
On the trail of Hurricane Mitch





Internet Links


Honduras - casualties of Hurricane Mitch

Storm 98


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.




In this section

From Business
Microsoft trial mediator appointed

Safety chief deplores crash speculation

From Entertainment
Taxman scoops a million

Violence greets Clinton visit

Bush outlines foreign policy

Boy held after US school shooting

Memorial for bonfire dead

Senate passes US budget

New constitution for Venezuela

North Korea expels US 'spy'

Hurricane Lenny abates

UN welcomes US paying dues

Chavez praises 'advanced' constitution

In pictures: Castro strikes out Chavez

WTO: arbitration in EU-Ecuador banana dispute

Colombian army chief says rebels defeated

Colombian president lambasts rebels