AS THE refugee crisis deepens daily, The Independent on Sunday and Independent Kosovo appeal has been swamped with callers. Since the appeal was launched last week, total donations have reached pounds 350,000, part of the pounds 7m total raised by the Disasters Emergency Committee so far.

This is a joint appeal, organised on behalf of many aid agencies including the British Red Cross, Christian Aid, Cafod, CARE International UK, Children's Aid Direct, Oxfam and others, to prevent a bombardment of separate appeals, and ensure a planned, joint effort that will get aid to those who need it most as quickly as possible.

Donations can be made by calling 0870 6060900 or 0990 222233. Cheques made payable to Kosovo Crisis Appeal can be sent to the Disasters Emergency Committee Kosovo Appeal, PO Box 999, London EC4A 9AA. Cash should ONLY be given at banks, building societies and post offices. Updates can be obtained via ITV Teletext page 520, or the DEC Internet site (