The authorities in Ostrava say the eviction order for people living in atrocious conditions in a Romany ghetto remains in place. An inspection on Monday reportedly confirmed that the buildings are in a severe state of disrepair and present a serious health hazard. Some 100 people, most of them families with children, have refused to leave their homes although the deadline for eviction expired last Saturday. They have started minor repairs in the buildings in an effort to get the order reversed. However the authorities claim that these repairs do not address the main source of the problem –such as faults to the electricity circuit, leaking waste water and mould-infested, damp interiors.
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