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4 dead, 50 rescued in Samar town hit by ‘Jolina’



Four fishermen died and 50 more were rescued in Santo Niño, Samar, one of the towns where “Jolina” made landfall as a typhoon, police said Wednesday.

SSgt. Delon Salazar, of the Santo Niño Police, told the Daily Tribune that all of those who died and survived are fishermen from other localities, and were just carried by strong waves to the town.

Alejandro Solayao, 52, and Sanieboy Ebayan, 39, both of Tacloban City were found dead on the shores of Santo Niño around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Joseph Imnas and Benedicto de Paz, both of Brgy. Diit in Tacloban, expired at 2:40 a.m. and 10:25 a.m. Wednesday.

Some of the 50 survivors are from Catbalogan City, Daram, Tarangnan, and Zumarraga of Samar, while some are from Tacloban, according to a partial list of survivors released by authorities.

“Galing sila sa iba-ibang municipality at dito lang po sila inanod. Noong madaling-araw kasi dito nag-sentro ang bagyo,” Salazar said by phone.

Data from state weather bureau PAGASA showed that “Jolina” made landfall over Santo Niño as a typhoon at 3:40 a.m. Tuesday, after two earlier landfalls in Hernani, Eastern Samar, and Daram, Samar. It weakened into a severe tropical storm in the afternoon, while barreling through Masbate.

The storm destroyed 53 houses and damaged 218 more in Masbate, preliminary data released by the Office of Civil Defense-Bicol showed.

It also left about P13.793 million worth of damage to fishing boats and equipment, as well as fish ponds in the province.