SIX fishermen were reported missing in Camarines Norte after Super Typhoon Karding (Noru) battered the province and other areas in Luzon, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Monday, September 26, 2022.

In a press briefing, NDRRMC spokesperson Assistant Secretary Bernardo Rafaelito Alejandro IV said the report, which came from their regional office, is still subject to verification.

He confirmed the death of five rescuers in Bulacan amid the conduct of rescue operations.

Alejandro expressed condolences to the families of the victims.

He said the number of individuals who preemptively evacuated due Karding were now at 78,907 or close to 20,400 families.

Alejandro said these were in Regions 1 (Ilocos), 2 (Cagayan Valley), 3 (Central Luzon), 4A (Calabarzon), 4B (Mimaropa), 5 (Bicol), National Capital Region (NCR) and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

He said 84 barangays in the regions were affected by the effects of the weather system.

Alejandro said they are expected that the displaced families will return to their homes within one to two days depending on the damages incurred by their respective houses.

He said two municipalities in Quezon and four in Camarines Norte were experiencing power interruption.

The Department of Energy said the provinces of Aurora and Nueva Ecija have no power supply due to Karding.

Alejandro said the Department of Agriculture reported a P141.38 billion worth of damage to the agriculture sector especially in Nueva Ecija.

He said they are yet to receive a substantial report on the damage incurred in the infrastructure.

“We were lucky na hindi ganun ka grabe ang effect satin,” said Alejandro.

“Compared to previous responses that we have conducted every time may typhoon, may improvement sa ginagawa natin. Marami nang nag-implement ng preparedness activities, especially sa preemptive evacuations, we have seen substantial improvement, a few years back mahirap,” he added. (SunStar Philippines)