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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, August 10) – A Nauru government spokesperson says the residents are running low on cash and food and fuel supplies on the island are running low.

A spokeswoman for the Nauru government, Helen Bogdan, says islanders are feeling the pinch of a nearly-bankrupt economy.

"The people of Nauru have not had a supply of financial assistance recently and they are finding it very hard to get fuel and food,"she said. "Many people haven’t been paid."

Bogdan says in some cases fuel has already run out.

The Pacific Islands Forum leaders resolved during a recent summit in Samoa to seek ways to help troubled Nauru.

Meanwhile, the Nauru government office in Melbourne says despite the poor financial outlook for Nauru, 120 asylum seekers housed in Australian-run detention on the island are comparatively well cared for.

August 11, 2004

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