Floods bring crocodile warn­ing for Aus­tralia’s north

The Pak Banker - - 6i Nternational -

SYD­NEY: Flood­ing in Aus­tralia's trop­i­cal north has prompted a warn­ing about crocodiles, with sev­eral of the rep­tiles spot­ted in swollen wa­ter­ways, an of­fi­cial said Mon­day.

The flood threat near Ing­ham in the east­ern state of Queens­land is eas­ing but act­ing mayor of Hinch­in­brook Shire Coun­cil An­drew Lancini said sev­eral res­i­dents had sighted the salt­wa­ter preda­tors.

"There's usu­ally re­ports of crocodiles (dur­ing floods)," he told AFP. "You would be sur­prised if we didn't (have them)." Tor­ren­tial rains have in­un­dated much of Queens­land state af­ter Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Tasha crossed the coast early Satur­day, and south of Ing­ham many towns are cut off by flood wa­ters.

The town of Chin­chilla in the state's south was suf­fer­ing what could be its worst del­uge in decades af­ter more than 100 mil­lime­tres (4 inches) of rain fell overnight, forc­ing the evac­u­a­tion of sev­eral homes.

Justin Byrnes, who owns the town's Club Ho­tel, said ris­ing flood­wa­ters had in­un­dated sev­eral busi­nesses and were on track to be the worst in me­mory. "What we're hear­ing is that this will far ex­ceed '83, which is prob­a­bly the worst one in me­mory that's doc­u­mented," he told ABC ra­dio.

The Queens­land state govern­ment has an­nounced dis­as­ter re­lief for some ar­eas and urged res­i­dents not to at­tempt to drive through flood wa­ters af­ter 20 peo­ple were res­cued from creeks and rivers in the past two days. Fore­cast­ers said rain was set to con­tinue in south­ern Queens­land for sev­eral days while there was a pos­si­bil­ity that a low-pres­sure sys­tem in the north of the state could form an­other cy­clone. -Afp

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