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article imageStorm Juaning leaves Philippines with 35 deaths, 25 missing

By Leo Reyes     Jul 28, 2011 in Environment
Storm Juaning has left the Philippine area Thursday after submerging many parts of Albay and Camarines Sur provinces, killing at least 35 people and left thousands of families homeless.
Hard hit by the devastating flood were the provinces of Camarines Sur, Albay, Catanduanes and Camarines Norte where an estimated 100,000 families were affected.
Storm "Juaning" was not even elevated to typhoon category by the country's weather agency but it carried large quantity of rain that inundated almost all of Albay and Camarines provinces.
Civil Defense Administrator Benito Ramos reported at least 25 fishermen are still missing.
Ramos said that while the rains are needed to fill the dams and irrigate farmlands, too much of it can spell disaster.
“We need rain to fill up our dams and irrigate our farms, but too much rainfall could damage our rice lands in northern Luzon,” he added.
Although storm signals have been lowered in most parts of the country, residents in low-lying areas are advised to take extra precautions as a new tropical depression code named "Kababayan" approaches.
Weather forecasters say the new tropical depression will not make landfall but it will bring substantial volume of rain which could further damage agricultural crops and government infrastructure.
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