Monday, November 9, 1998 Published at 12:40 GMT
Disease fears grow for hurricane survivors
Clean water is in short supply
Aid workers are warning that hunger and disease could raise the death toll from Hurricane Mitch, which has already killed more than 10,000 people across Central America.
Survivors are being urged to steer clear of muddy rivers that may carry human and animal remains, and to filter, chlorinate and boil water before drinking it.
A seven-month-old baby is reported to have died of starvation in Honduras, while another child has died of haemorrhagic dengue.
With Honduran officials estimating that 20% of the country has been made homeless, it is feared that famine could spread.
A British rescue team and the Nicaraguan army have joined efforts to help about 30,000 people stranded by flood waters of the Coco river on Nicaragua's border with Honduras.
Aid trucks are also reported to have reached Posoltega, the community where 2,000 people are believed to have been killed in a mudslide down the side of a volcano.
Engineers have also managed to link the capital, Tegucigalpa, with the main port, allowing aid shipments delivered by sea to be moved on.
But in eastern Honduras there are reports of new landslides burying two entire villages.
In many areas helicopters are still the only way of getting supplies to areas cut off by the flooding, but in Honduras a fuel shortage is threatening the airlift operations and in Nicaragua there is a lack of aircraft.
Calls for action
He has been on an unofficial visit to storm-ravaged parts of Honduras. Other big names such as Hillary Clinton are expected to visit the region in the coming days.
He said the US should take the lead in the relief effort and continue until Honduras's infrastructure was rebuilt. The economic damage done by the storm is likely to last for many years.