INITIAL estimates of damage from Typhoon Karen (international name: Sarika) reached P53 million to the agriculture sector as of yesterday, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC).
A total of P53,475,082 in crop losses was incurred in the province of Camarines Sur, the latest situation report of the NDRRMC showed.
Corn was most affected with losses amounting to P29 million, while damage to rice reached P23 million.
A total of 2,552 families had been pre-emptively evacuated in Region 1, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, and the Bicol region, it was learned.
About 1,566 families in Bicol are still in 86 evacuation centers.
The NDRRMC told a press briefing yesterday that reported typhoon-related casualties are still to be confirmed since local government units have yet to provide details.
After making landfall over Aurora province on Sunday, Karen has weakened, prompting weather bureau PAGASA to downgrade storm warning signals in several areas.
Karen is expected to leave the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) this Monday morning while another storm is expected to enter the country.
PAGASA said that the second typhoon, which will be named “Lawin” once it enters PAR, is likely to make landfall over Northern Luzon.