CANBERRA, Australia – Papua New Guinea police say hundreds of people have defied a deadline to leave a decommissioned camp for men seeking asylum in Australia.
The camp inside a Manus Island navy base was declared closed on Oct. 31 based on the Papua New Guinea Supreme Court's ruling last year that Australia's policy of housing asylum seekers there was unconstitutional.
Police said that 379 of the 606 men at the male-only camp remained after a Monday deadline without power or running water.
The asylum seekers fear for their safety in alternative shelters available in the nearby town of Lorengau because of threats from local residents.
The United States has agreed to resettle up to 1,250 refugees that Australia keeps on Papua New Guinea and the Pacific island nation of Nauru.