Honduras is urgently seeking $220 million in aid to repair its sewage system and stop the open flow of human waste through the streets of its capital Tegucigalpa. The city’s sewage system was severely damaged when Hurricane Mitch hit the area last year; some 80 percent of the pipes were destroyed and the remaining ones were blocked up by dirt, trash, and sand. Fixing the system is urgent because of the risk of health epidemics, say officials.

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