A mouse plague in New South Wales, Australia, has forced the the state's prison authority to evacuate and relocate hundreds of inmates from Wellington Correctional Centre. About 420 prisoners and 200 prison staff at the Wellington Correctional Centre are set to move to another facilities and create room for a thorough cleaning and repair the damages caused by the mice. Reports from Wellingtoncprison says that the mice caused extensive damage to prison infrastructure, including internal wiring and ceiling panels.
The state prison authority gave a statement that operations at the center would be reduced for about four months to allow for cleaning, repaired and installation of protective measures to avoid another outbreak in future.
"Mice have invaded the centre and the damage is to such an extent that we're much better off evacuating the centre for a period of time," said Peter Severin, commissioner of Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW). "Most staff will be redeployed to prisons in the west of the state, while inmates will be transferred to a number of sites, including the Macquarie Correctional Centre."
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