Flood-hit Australians urged to watch out for crocodiles in 'unexpected places'

Flood-hit Australians urged to watch out for crocodiles in 'unexpected places'

Flood-hit Australians urged to watch out for crocodiles in 'unexpected places'

The heavy rains and opening of the dam smashed record water levels set by the infamous 1998 "Night of Noah" flood when 550 millimetres (1.8 feet) of rain fell in 24 hours-about half of Townsville's annual rainfall.

More than 1,100 people had been rescued from their homes on Sunday night and evacuation efforts were continuing Monday.

Troops step in to rescue residents as floods in northern Queensland state bring in crocodiles onto the streets forcing officials to warn people against "playing in flood waters".

Moreover, floodgates of a dam were forced to open in Townsville to prevent a river from overflowing.

Already declared a disaster zone as of January 3 in what has been described as a "one-in-100-year" flood, monsoon rains hovering over the Australian state of Queensland have dropped another 400 millimeters (1.3 feet) over some areas in the region.

"People and businesses have lost everything", she told AFP. The system is stationary, so rainfall will continue to be concentrated on areas which are already heavily flooded.

"But we are expecting further periods of heavy rainfall, some of it very heavy, about the north-east tropics for the next few days... with that there is the real elevated risk of flash flooding".

Desperate residents had to contend not only with flash flooding, landslides and power blackouts, but also several saltwater crocodiles that were spotted in residential roads and cul-de-sacs in the flood-ravaged Townsville area.

The Bureau of Meteorology's Adam Blazak said the downpours could continue until Thursday, while floodwaters would take some time to recede even when the rains lessened.

Morrison said, "It's just going to be tough, going to be tough for a while".

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Annastacia Palaszczuk, the Premier of Queensland, said she had "never seen" floods so devastating.

"Fundamentally we've tried to get the message out there and into the night we knew some people may not have heeded those warnings".

The country recorded its hottest month ever in January, with mean temperatures exceeding 30 degrees Celsius.

The warning also predicts risky winds of up to 90 km/hour along the coastline.

A view of the flooded area of Townsville on February 04, 2019 in Townsville, Australia. Crocodiles have been spotted in suburban streets, and the water is teeming with snakes. On Sunday, the figure was between 400 and 500. "At some point the empty space behind the dam wall builds up", he said.

As much as 20,000 properties are at risk of being inundated.

One of the submerged areas in Townsville is a still incomplete housing development, "The Village", built on former cattle grazing land on the south bank of the Ross River.

Some residents have expressed anger that water was allowed to build for so long, rather than be released more steadily during the previous week of continued heavy monsoonal rain.

"That water needs to go somewhere".

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