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Prisoners again bolt typhoon-damaged Philippine jail

Published on Jan 30, 2014 7:17 PM

PALO, Philippines (AFP) - Almost 200 inmates of a Philippine jail damaged by Super Typhoon Haiyan bolted the prison on Thursday, the second mass jailbreak since the storm, the jail warden said.

Police soon rounded up 147 of the 185 who escaped the jail in the storm-ravaged island of Leyte but 38 remain at large, said jail warden Merly Vertulfo.

The inmates had used a sharpened iron bar to force a guard to let them out, said Mr Vertulfo.

He said the recaptured inmates justified their escape, saying they were not getting enough food or shelter after Haiyan struck in November and ripped off much of the jail's roof.

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