Mouse Plague Forces Prison Evacuation In Australia

Mouse Plague Forces Prison Evacuation In Australia

A mouse plague destroying farmland of Australia prompted the evacuation of hundreds of prisoners from a country jail on Tuesday, as the rodents entered and chewed over essential infrastructure.

Hundreds of mice have bitten over ceiling panels and wiring at a New South Wales prison, forcing authorities to reduce operations for repairs.

“The health, comfort, and safety of staff and prisoners is our top priority, so it’s significant for us to act now to perform the vital remediation work,” stated Peter Severin of Corrective Services NSW(New South Wales).

Up to 420 prisoners and 200 staff from the Wellington Correctional Centre (WCC) will be shifted to other facilities by the end of June.

“We want to do this repair once, and in a proper way, which means we’ll be finding ways to diminish the impacts of same plagues in the future,” Custodial Corrections Assistant Commissioner, Kevin Corcoran stated.

Mice have been ruining farmers’ crops and disturbing locals in eastern Australia for months after they attacked the back of a bumper crop.

The plague has become the latest reason in a series of disasters to strike farmers.

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After a years-long drought, the months of overwhelming bushfires in late 2019 to early 2020 before welcome rains resulted in damaging floods in several regions