Typhoon Karen batters Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan

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Moderate rains prevailed in Laur, Nueva Ecija.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The province of Nueva Ecija is still experiencing moderate to heavy rains as Typhoon Karen batters central Luzon on Sunday.

At least 25 families have been evacuated at the Bagting Elementary School in the municipality of Gabaldon. These are the families who are living in the mountainside, which is prone to landslide.

 

The flow of water and rocks coming from the mountain where these families are residing has been blocking the bridge connecting Barangays Bagting and Calabasa. The provincial government had to put a "barrier" to prevent the water and rocks from reaching the road.

Evacuees said they're thankful that they got immediate assistance from the local government, but they're also appealing to the national government for additional support.

Hundreds of families have been evacuated in Nueva Ecija.

Typhoon Karen in Pangasinan

Residents in Pangasinan are feeling the effects of Typhoon Karen since early Sunday.  It has been raining hard and winds are gusting as well.

Urdaneta and Calasiao City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Offices are holding off issuing an evacuation order as of Sunday afternoon.

 

They are still monitoring reports from barangay officials in flood-prone areas and the level of water at the riverbanks of Macalong, Mitura, and Tagamusin. These riverbanks converge in Sinulucan River which authorities say overflows due to heavy rains.

Residents will be asked to evacuate if the water level reaches its 5-meter mark.

Most establishments are still operating despite the inclement weather, and almost all roads in Urdaneta and Calasiao are still passable.

Evacuation, rescue operations

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said 9,600 individuals or 2,500 families have been pre-emptively evacuated, mostly coming from Regions 1, 2, 3, 5, and Calabarzon. In Region 5 alone, 1,817 families have been affected by Typhoon Karen.

The NDRRMC is still verifying whether the three casualties reported died due to the onslaught of the typhoon. 

Meanwhile, the Baler Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MDRRMC) said one person was reported injured, while eight mountaineers earlier reported missing in Aurora province are now safe.

Five road sections are not passable due to minor landslides and flooding, including Ifugao, Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, and Albay. Clearing operations in these roads are ongoing.

In a press briefing, Social Welfare Sec. Judy Taguiwalo said disaster officials want to validate casualties before reporting them to the public. Taguiwalo added the department is "satisfied" that disaster officials and agencies were able to respond "as quickly as possible" to typhoon-related concerns.

The disaster council remains on high alert, as they continue to monitor the effects of Typhoon Karen, and anticipate the possible entry of Severe Tropical Storm Haima.

State weather bureau PAGASA has lifted all storm warning signals and Typhoon Karen is expected to exit PAR tonight.

CNN Philippines Correspondents Anjo Alimario, AC Nicholls, and Triciah Terada contributed to this report.