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The plague of mice forces the evacuation of an Australian prison

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SYDNEY: A mouse infestation ravaging Australia’s farmland forced the evacuation of hundreds of inmates from a rural jail on Tuesday, when rodents broke in and chewed on essential infrastructure.
Dozens of mice have bitten into ceiling panels and wiring in a New South Wales prison, prompting authorities to cut back on repair operations.
“The health, safety and well-being of staff and inmates is our number one priority, so it is important that we act now to carry out vital remediation work,” said Peter Severin of Corrective Services NSW.
Up to 420 inmates and 200 employees of the Wellington Correctional Center will be transferred to other facilities by the end of the month.
“We want to do this review once, and we want it to be done correctly, which means we will look at ways to mitigate the effects of similar pests in the future,” said Assistant Commissioner for Custody Corrections Kevin Corcoran.
Mice have been destroying farmers’ produce and haunting locals in eastern Australia for months after the wild blight broke out in the back of a bumper crop.
The plague is the latest in a series of disasters affecting farmers.
A year-long drought was followed by months of devastating wildfires from late 2019 to early 2020 before pleasant rains brought damaging flooding in several regions.
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