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182 Escape from Philippine Jail, Most Recaptured

31 January 2014

Nearly 200 inmates complaining of hunger and squalid conditions escaped from a Philippine jail in an eastern province that was devastated by a monster storm in November, police said on Thursday. Authorities recaptured 148 of the 182 escapees hours after they stormed out of the Leyte provincial jail in Palo town at dawn on Thursday. Police were hunting down the remaining 34, who are facing trial on charges including drug trafficking, rape and murder. It was not immediately clear how the detainees escaped in such large numbers. Typhoon Haiyan hit Leyte island on Nov. 8 and barreled through the central Philippines, killing more than 6,200 people.—AP