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I am on assignment in the Philippines, hopping planes from region to region, to tell a story for a NGO that is doing work here. Prior to making the trip, tucked in the back of most newspapers was a small story explaining that Typhoon Reming had devastated a northern Philippine province. I am not here to report this story.

As we make our way to our destinations, we pass through areas of impact, and the most attention I am able to give this, is a passing glance. Boulders larger than cars along with torrents of mud cascaded from Mayon, the most active volcano in the country. These landslides plowed through villages dumping tons of mud and rocks into rivers, destroying homes and killing many.

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