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Manus refugees being coerced to move to centre with no running water, UN says | The Guardian

There are not enough beds, not enough doctors and no running water or electricity at some of the new accommodation refugees on Manus Island are being coerced to move to, the United Nations refugee agency says.

As the standoff at the Manus detention centre draws into its second week, stores of food, water and medicine inside the centre are dwindling, while a military blockade is stopping further supplies coming in or independent observers accessing the centre.

Food, water and electricity have been cut off for a week – ostensibly for the military to take control of the centre – but also in an effort to coerce people to leave.

A spokeswoman for the UNHCR, Catherine Stubberfield, said from Manus that the situation for those still in the detention was growing critical, and the alternatives were not sufficient.

Source: Manus refugees being coerced to move to centre with no running water, UN says | Australia news | The Guardian

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