NDRRMC: 16.5K families so far affected by ‘Karding’

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MANILA – The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Tuesday reported that some 16,476 families or 60,817 individuals have so far been affected by Super Typhoon Karding (Noru) which hit Luzon on Sunday.

According to its latest situation report, the agency said these families are from the Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Mimaropa, Bicol and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

In addition, 12,352 families or 46,008 people are being sheltered in 976 evacuation facilities, while the rest have returned home or are receiving assistance from family and friends.

Approximately 74 incidents of flooding were also reported — 70 in Central Luzon and four in Calabarzon.

NDRRMC spokesperson and Office of Civil Defense Assistant Secretary Bernardo Rafaelito Alejandro IV stated that casualties attributable to ‘Karding’ now totaled to eight deaths and three missing.

Five of these deaths are from Central Luzon — the rescuers of the Bulacan Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office who were found dead in San Miguel town after being swept away by floodwaters, according to the NDRRMC.

The missing are from Mercedes town in Camarines Norte.

The NDRRMC stated that the deaths in Bulacan have been confirmed and are pending “certification of identification” to become official.

Moreover, two new fatalities in Zambales province and one from Burdeos, Quezon province, are still being verified.

Damage to infrastructure in Mimaropa was estimated at PHP3 million, while agricultural damages in the Cordillera were estimated at PHP1.5 million.

House committees to hold hearings during break

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Spread the loveMANILA – The House of Representatives has authorized for its committees to conduct hearings during the five-week congressional break, extending until late April.