Tuesday, March 9, 1999 Published at 03:31 GMT
Clinton promises Mitch aid
President Clinton: Mobbed in Posoltega
President Bill Clinton has vowed to work with Central American countries devastated by Hurricane Mitch until the region has recovered.
And he has asked Congress to approve an aid package worth almost $1bn, although political wrangling in Washington has so far delayed the release of the funds.
He said: "I have come to pay my respects to those who lost their lives and to reaffirm the support of the American people for those who were spared and for your re-building.
"You will overcome this adversity. And we will work with you every day until the task is done."
The US has already allocated $305m to help victims of Mitch - the largest disaster relief package ever offered by the US to foreign countries.
During his four-day tour Mr Clinton will also visit Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.
In Honduras, he will visit the Sotukana military base, the focal point for the US relief effort to help all the countries battered by Mitch.
On Thursday he will take part in a summit in Guatemala with regional leaders, looking at longer term financial assistance and the need to expand investment and trade opportunities.