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Saturday, November 14, 1998 Published at 20:40 GMT


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Hurricane Mitch: How you can help

Millions need help

Hurricane Mitch
The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) has been inundated with donations after launching an intensive appeal to raise funds for the Central American vicitms of Hurricane Mitch.

More than 11,000 people died in the disaster with many more missing, presumed drowned.


Trevor Eve launches the Hurricane appeal
Aid workers are struggling to supply food, medical equipment and fresh water to those in desperate need.

Famine and disease are the increasing threat for the hundreds of thousands of survivors who remain stranded in remote areas.

The DEC, an amalgamation of 11 UK aid agencies, has set up a two-week appeal with the aim of raising at least 7m.

The appeal has made an even stronger start than a recent campaign for Sudan which raised 10m. In the first 24 hours the Hurricane Mitch appeal received 82,000 calls pledging a total of 1.9m in donations.

How you can help

Donations can be made to the Central America Hurricane Appeal in three ways.

  • You can make a credit or debit card donation by calling the appeal phone lines:
    0870 60 60 900 or
    0990 22 22 33.

    The lines are open 24 hours a day.

  • Alternatively, donations to the appeal can be sent to:
    The DEC Hurricane Appeal
    PO Box 999
    London EC 3A 9AA

    Cheques should be made payable to:
    The DEC Hurricane Appeal

  • Donations can also be left at any high street bank or post office.

Anyone organising a fundraising activity can contact any of the agencies involved in the DEC.

They include: Oxfam, Merlin, Save the Children, World Vision, Actionaid, British Red Cross, CARE International UK, CAFOD, Christian Aid, Tearfund and Christian Children's Fund of Great Britain.



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