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‘Karen’ leaves P572M damage to crops

  • Written by Zaida delos Reyes-Palanca and Mamer Banez
  • Published in Provincial
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TYPHOON Karen left a total of P527,840,513.41 worth of damage to agriculture in Region V and the Cordillera Administrative Region, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council yesterday said.

The NDRRMC said “Karen” destroyed high-value crops, rice and corn in Region V covering Albay, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Catanduanes and Sorsogon  while in Benguet alone  a total of  P1,153,393 worth of damage was recorded.

“Karen” weakened as it crossed the rugged terrain of Central Luzon but slightly intensified as it moved away from the country.
   
“Karen” affected11,926 families or 52,270 people in Region I, II,III, V, CALABARZON and CAR.
   
Of the number, 8,123 of the 39,934 people were preemptively evacuated from their homes. As of press time, 5,444 families of the 24,693 persons remained in the 316 evacuation centers.
   
Typhoon signal in areas affected by “Karen” were already lifted.
   
“Karen: made landfall at 2:30 a.m. on Sunday in Baler, Aurora.
   
NDRRMC spokesperson Romina Marasigan said all their units remain on red alert as another potential super typhoon was expected to enter the country.

Base on the information from the weather bureau, Typhoon Haima or Lawin is expected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility on Monday and was heading Northern Luzon.

THOUSANDS OF FAMILIES AFFECTED

THE Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office in Baler, Aurora yesterday reported that some 8,377 individuals or 2,503 families were affected by typhoon Karen, which made landfall on Sunday in this capital town
   
PDRRMO  head, engineer Amado Elson A. Egargue, said that the number was only partial as they are still waiting for the reports coming from the eight towns in the province of Aurora.
   
Egargue said some 7,702 persons or 2,273 families from the different municipalities are in the evacuation centers.
   
He said only in the town of Dingalan, where electricity was restored. The remaining seven towns are still suffering from brownout since Saturday night.
   
Public Works and Highways district engineer Reynaldo Alconcel reported that major roads in Villa Aurora-Bongabon, Nueva Ecija national road and the national road going to northern Aurora towns of Dinalungan, Casiguran and Dilasag are still impassable.
   
The Maria Aurora-Canili-Pantabangan national road is now open for traffic for light vehicles. Some roads that experienced landslides and with uprooted trees were being ficed by the DPWH personnel as of yesterday.
       
MISSING HIKERS FOUND
   
Monitoring is still on going in every barangay in the province to assess the total damage to crops, fisheries, infrastructures.
   
Dingalan Mayor Sheirwin Taay said that  a group of eight hikers, who went missing on Saturday, were found safe.
   
Taay identified the eight mountaineers as  Robert Bermudo, Fredner Madridano, Perfecto Beltran, Joseph Gino Basilla, Andrea Clarice Regne, Ralph Escrcha, Win Calleja and Jeremy Paul Villastiqui.
   
The four tour guides, Feliciano Martin, Jessel Martin, Diego Martin and Franklin Serna, were also found safe.
   
The group tried to climb Mt. Mingan in Dingalan on Saturday despite the anticipated landfall of typhoon Karen in the province on Sunday.