June 9, 2015
IQUITOS, Peru (CNS) — As floodwaters rose with heavy rains in this Amazonian city, Graciela Tejada and her neighbors found greasy slaughterhouse offal, human feces and used hypodermic needles floating practically to their doorsteps.
As a huge culvert discharged sewage into the flooded streets, Tejada, 50, and her family retreated indoors, while passers-by held their noses.
With no running water in their homes, kids sometimes bathed in the floodwater. Tejada worried whether the pollution would harm the health of her 2-year-old and 7-month-old grandchildren.