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Monday, November 9, 1998 Published at 15:26 GMT

Special Report

Photo Essay: Digging out

Although the rains have stopped, many villages are still flooded. Here, a woman swims from her home in El Progreso, Honduras, to a highway above water along the coast of Honduras.

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Another flooded community: Billwuin is on the northern Atlantic coast of Nicaragua.

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People are burying the dead. Above, the funeral procession of the children of the Pascual family, who were killed in a mudslide.

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Disease and decay also is a threat. Rigoberto Hernandez, 26, covers his nose to avoid the smell of a decaying bull in the Bajos de Choloma, 15 kilometers from San Pedro Sula on the northwestern coast of Honduras.

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Visiting Honduras Sunday, former US President George Bush warned that a failure to help Hondurans could produce migrations across borders. Mitch killed more than 6,000 Hondurans, left more than 500,000 homeless.

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