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U.S. military provides clean water for Honduras storm victims.

November 1, 2008 |  8:43 am


The U.S. military has sent a task force to Honduras to help with one of the problems created by the recent disastrous flooding and landslides: a lack of drinkable water.

Joint Task Force Bravo, with troops dispatched from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, put together an emergency filtration system for a community near La Paz. For every three gallons of dirty water, the reverse osmosis system creates a gallon of drinkable water.

"You see them come with just about everything imaginable to fill up with water to take back to their homes," Tech. Sgt. Romano Cedillos from the Phoenix Air National Guard told the American Forces Press Service.

Honduran officials say dozens of residents are dead or missing after the worst flooding in a decade. Thousands of acres of farmland are under water.

-- Tony Perry, in San Diego

Photo: A man in Honduras tries to sweep away flood water from his house. Credit: U.S. Air Force.