(File photo courtesy of Provincial Government of Quezon)

MANILA – The number of families affected so far by Super Typhoon Karding has climbed to 39,893 or equivalent to 157,023 persons residing in 1,318 barangays in seven regions in the country.

In its Wednesday update, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said the affected population is from Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol, and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

Around 574 evacuation centers are currently sheltering 8,825 families or 37,135 individuals with the remainder being aided by relatives and friends.

So far, the NDRRMC is still validating and confirming reports of 10 deaths and eight missing persons.

The deaths include six from Bulacan, two from Zambales, one from Burdeos, Quezon province and one from Tanay, Rizal while the missing persons include two from Antipolo, Rizal, one from Patnanungan, Quezon and five from Mercedes, Camarines Norte.

Around 3,068 houses were also reported damaged by "Karding" in Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon and Cordillera.

Of this number, 2,437 were classified as partially damaged and 631 as totally damaged.

Agriculture damage was estimated at PHP108,837,409 and these were incurred in the regions of Ilocos, Calabarzon, Bicol, and CAR.

Damage to irrigation was placed at PHP1.3 million in the Bicol Region while infrastructure damage was placed at PHP23 million in Ilocos Region, Mimaropa and Cordillera. (PNA)