MANILA -- Damage and losses to the agriculture sector due to typhoon "Vinta" have reached PHP1.2 billion, the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) said Saturday.

In its latest update, the NDRRMC said the total damage to agriculture climbed to PHP1,246,865,806.78.

NDRRMC executive director Ricardo Jalad said most of the damage was sustained by rice and corn fields in Regions 8, 9, 10, 11 and CARAGA.

Meanwhile, damage to infrastructure was placed at PHP242.7 million in Regions 9, 10 and 11.

Jalad said around 4,857 houses were damaged -- 2,482 totally and 2,375 partially – in Regions 4B, 9, 10, 11 and the ARMM.

The number of affected families has climbed to 161,628 or 767,994 persons living in 1,131 barangays in Regions 4B, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, ARMM and CARAGA.

Of the number, 18,289 families or 89,611 persons are currently assisted outside and inside evacuation centers. (PNA)