Saturday, November 14, 1998 Published at 20:40 GMT
Hurricane Mitch: How you can help
Millions need help
More than 11,000 people died in the disaster with many more missing, presumed drowned.
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.
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.