THE number of persons affected by the onslaught of Super Typhoon Karding, which barreled through Luzon last week, has climbed to 1,074,141, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Tuesday.
This is equivalent to 299,519 families in 1,922 barangays in Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol, Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), and the National Capital Region.
The NDRRMC said only 780 families or 3,574 persons are still in 23 evacuation centers with the remainder either returning home or seeking shelter with families and friends.
The casualty count stands at 12 dead and five missing.
Of these figures, eight of the deaths are verified with the remaining four still undergoing validation along with the five missing.
Around 67 injuries were also reported of which only two are confirmed as of this time.
Damaged houses also have climbed to 60,254 in Regions 1, 2, 3, Calabarzon, and the CAR.
Around 52,513 are classified as partially damaged while 7,741 are categorized as totally damaged. By Priam Nepomuceno / Philippine News Agency