TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) _ Hurricane Mitch so changed the face of Honduras that the nation is redrawing its maps to reflect rivers that have taken new courses and villages that were forced to relocate.

Cartographers will use aerial photographs to revise the government's main map of Honduras by the end of the year, Noe Pineda Portillo, director of the National Geographic Institute, said Tuesday.

``The hurricane changed the course of rivers and disrupted the geographical situation of numerous highways, railways and the location of human settlements,'' he said at a news conference.

Slow-moving and powerful Hurricane Mitch pounded Honduras from Oct. 25 through Nov. 2, leaving more than 5,000 people dead and 8,000 missing, displacing 3 million and causing an estimated $6 billion in damage.