Filipino fishermen check on their boats docked on top of piles of garbage as they prepare for a coming storm along a coastal village in Navotas, north of Manila, Philippines on Monday, July 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
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Thousands flee in Philippines as typhoon strengthensThousands of people fled their homes and ships sheltered from heavy seas in the Philippines on Tuesday as the first major storm of the rainy season strengthened into a typhoon. Typhoon Rammasun was set to strike the Bicol region in the east of the country at 6:00pm (1000 GMT), with Manila and other heavily populated areas also expected to be hit early Wednesday, the state weather service said. The Philippines is hit by about 20 major storms a year, many of them deadly.
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