Saturday, November 14, 1998 Published at 04:26 GMT
Mitch appeal tops £5m in three days
About one million people are homeless
The UK appeal to aid the central American countries devastated by Hurricane Mitch has reached the £5m mark, organisers estimate.
Almost 20,000 people called in with donations in one 90 minute period after commercials for the relief fund were shown on television on Thursday.
A spokesman for the DEC, a coalition of major UK aid agencies, said £2.5m had now been given by phone. A similar sum is also estimated to have arrived by post and through banks.
The new appeal total was disclosed on Friday as a second British Red Cross mercy flight landed in Honduras with 36 tonnes of aid.
The DC8 plane was delivering sanitation equipment, water purification tablets and medical kits to some of those most in need.
A third plane is due to depart for the region on Thursday.
It is believed more than 11,000 people died during Hurricane Mitch's rampage across central America, with many more missing, presumed drowned.
About one million people are thought to have been made homeless by the crisis.
Hundreds of thousands of people remain stranded in remote areas with the threat of famine and disease breaking out as aid workers, assisted in some areas by UK troops, struggle to supply food, medical equipment and fresh water.
The number to call to contribute to the aid agencies' appeal is 0870 60 60 900.