U.S. Agencies Help El Salvador Earthquake Victims

The death toll has reached 600 after this weekend's earthquake in Central America. That's as information comes in from the countryside, where hundreds of communities remain isolated. In El Salvador, which was the hardest hit, policy say 594 bodies have been counted. At least six more people died in Guatemala.

Police in El Salvador also say more than eighteen hundred people were hurt in Saturday's magnitude seven-point-six quake. Nearly thirtyfour thousand houses were damaged or destroyed -- many of them buried by landslides triggered by the quake. Rescuers say the chance of finding survivors is slipping. Hundreds of people remain buried beneath a mountain of rock and earth in one neighborhood about three miles west of El Salvador's capital. Many agencies in the United States are collecting donations and other goods to help those affected by the earthquake. If you would like to help those in need please contact one of the following agencies: The following aid agencies are accepting contributions for assistance in El Salvador. They are members of InterAction, a coalition of relief, development and refugee assistance agencies.

  • American Jewish World Service, 989 Avenue of the Americas, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10018. Phone 212-736-2597.
  • American Red Cross, 431 18th St., NW, Washington, DC 20006. Phone: 1-800-HELP-NOW.
  • Brothers' Brother Foundation, 1501 Reedsdale St., Ste. 305, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15233-2341. Phone: 1-888-323-1916.
  • Catholic Relief Services, P.O. Box 17090, Baltimore, Md., 21203-7090. Phone: 1-800-736-3467. Care, 151 Ellis St., NE, Atlanta, Ga., 30303-2426. Phone: 1-800-521-CARE.
  • Church World Service, 475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY, 10115-0050. Phone: 212-870-2167.
  • Doctors Without Borders, P.O. Box 2247, New York, NY, 10116-2247. Phone 1-888-392-0392.
  • International Aid, 17011 W. Hickory, Spring Lake, MI 49456. Phone: 1-800-251-2502.
  • Lutheran World Relief, P.O. Box 17061, Baltimore, Md., 21298-9832. Phone: 1-800-LWR-LWR2.
  • Mercy Corps International, P.O. Box 2669, 3030 S.W. First Avenue, Portland, Ore., 97208-2669. Phone: 1-800-292-3355.
  • Operation USA, 8320 Melrose Avenue, Ste. 200, Los Angles, Calif., 90069. Phone: 1-800-678-7255.
  • Oxfam America, 26 West Street, Boston, Mass., 02111-1206. Phone: 1-800-77-OXFAM.
  • Project Concern International, 3550 Afdon Road, San Diego, Calif., 92123. Phone: 1-877-PCI-HOPE.
  • Save the Children, P.O. Box 975, Westport, Conn., 06881. Phone: 1-800-728-3843.
  • Share Foundation, 598 Bosworth St., Ste. 1, San Francisco, Calif., 94131. Phone: 415-239-2595 or 202-319-5540.
  • World Relief, Department 3, P.O. Box WRC, Wheaton, IL 60189. Phone: 1-800-535-5433.
  • World Vision, P.O. Box 70200, Tacoma, Wash., 98481. Phone:1-888-56 CHILD.