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Monsoon rains flood farms in northern Philippines

/ 08:00 PM August 04, 2014

MANILA, Philippines — Monsoon rains worsened by an offshore typhoon have caused flooding in northern Philippine villages, but officials say the storm is too far off at sea to hit the country.

A man drives his motorcycle despite low visibility caused by heavy rains along a promenade at Manila’s bay on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. AP PHOTO

Government forecasters say Typhoon “Jose” (Halong) weakened Monday but still packed sustained winds of 165 kilometers (102 miles) per hour and gusts up to 200 kph (124 mph). It was moving over the Pacific about 840 kilometers (522 miles) east of northern Cagayan province and was forecast to blow toward southern Japan this week.

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Monsoon rains heightened by the typhoon flooded several farming villages in the north and caused traffic jams in the capital, Manila. A tugboat sank in rough seas over the weekend off Batangas province, south of Manila, and its three crewmen were rescued by the coast guard.

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