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. Honduras declares state of emergency amid drought
TEGUCIGALPA, Dec 30 (AFP) Dec 30, 2009
Honduras declared a state of emergency in the capital Tegucigalpa Wednesday, as the government reported a severe water shortage because of the "El Nino" climate phenomenon.

Rafael Pineda, the minister of the presidency, said the government would tap 10 new water wells to meet shortages experienced by the city's 1.5 million residents.

Pineda said the drought has been caused by "El Nino," a band of unusually warm weather over the eastern Pacific, which in the past has been linked to numerous floods, droughts and bush fires from South America to Australia.

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