In 1998, the tiny country of Honduras was devastated by Hurricane Mitch. Mitch was followed by three days of rain that caused landslides and floods, burying towns and killing thousands of people. Many of the rural communities were devastated. The hurricane left 75% of the country without safe drinking water.
Reconstruction efforts continue even today; however, until they are complete, families are forced to rely on contaminated water supplies, and the prevalence of waterborne diseases is increasing.
* Honduras is the second poorest country in Central America, with approximately 66% of the population living below the poverty line.
* In rural areas, approximately 1 out of 5 Hondurans live in extreme poverty, or on less than
US$1.90 per day.
* Across the country, more than 638,000 lack safe water. People use rivers and streams that are shared with animals for cooking, bathing, and drinking.
* Every year, 50,000 children under the age of 5 die from drinking impure water.
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