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USGS Science Team Returns to Honduras to Aid in Reconstruction Efforts
Released: 1/12/1999

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U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
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119 National Center
Reston, VA 20192
Karen Wood 1-click interview
Phone: 703-648-4447 | FAX: 703-648-4466

(Note to Editors: Interviews with members of the USGS Science Team in country may be arranged by contacting Karen Wood at 703-648-4447).

On Sunday, January 10, a team of four U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists returned to Tegucigalpa, Honduras to continue their work in assessing the hydrologic and geologic impacts and risks still facing Central Americans in the aftermath of Hurricane Mitch.

The USGS team, which will accompany a US-AID led interagency group, will be demonstrating how base maps, imagery and other risk assessment tools can be used by those working on the reconstruction effort.

As part of their previous visit, the USGS team made initial assessments and identified areas endangered by further landslides and flooding; identified immediate ecological effects including impacts on agricultural, forest, wildlife and sensitive ecosystems; and assessed water quality concerns that resulted from contamination of the water resources. This information has proved to be invaluable to the Honduran government in the initial recovery phases and will serve as a foundation for rebuilding disaster resilient communities that are to the greatest extent possible located out of harm’s way for future natural disasters.

Daily updates about the teams visits to Honduras can be found on the Internet at http://cindi.usgs.gov/events/mitch/USGSteam/index.html.

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