- Aguán River
River, northern Honduras.It rises in the central highlands west of Yoro, descends northeast to the coastal lowlands for a distance of 150 mi (240 km), and empties into the Caribbean Sea near Santa Rosa de Aguán. The lands along the river are used primarily for agriculture but are susceptible to floods and hurricanes.
* * *Spanish Río Aguánriver in northern Honduras, 150 mi (240 km) in length. After rising in the central highlands west of Yoro, it descends to the northeast between the Cerros de Cangreja and the Sierra de la Esperanza to the coastal lowlands, on which it forms a maze of channels and empties into the Caribbean Sea near the towns of Santa Rosa de Aguán and Limón. The lands along the river, although periodically devastated by banana diseases, floods, and hurricanes (particularly Fifi in 1974), were restored to banana cultivation with new disease-resistant varieties in the late 1970s. In the lower river valley, agricultural cooperatives shifted to raising citrus fruits, corn (maize), rice, and African palm for oil. Flood control works were started after the river burst its levees in 1977. A new highway links the river valley to the ports at Tela, La Ceiba, Trujillo, and Puerto Cortés. The railway paralleling the lower and middle valley of the Aguán, damaged by natural disasters, was restored to service and extended to Puerto Castilla in the late 1970s.
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