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Floods peak but danger continues; DISASTER.

Byline: ADRIAN SHAW

THE floods swamping Queensland should peak today - but victims have been left dodging lethal snakes and crocodiles.

Infestations of mosquitoes and sand flies were also causing problems yesterday as troops ferried desperately-needed supplies to the worst-hit.

More than 400 homes and businesses were submerged in Rockhampton last night with more than 1,000 residents forced to seek refuge.

Animal welfare worker Wendy Hilcher warned snakes and crocodiles were hampering efforts to rescue pets left behind.

She said: "You don't know what's in the water. If it gets too dangerous we have to get out of there."

A massive clean-up is under way in central Queensland, where the water is receding.

Australia fears much of Queensland's crops have been destroyed.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Geographic Code:8AUST
Date:Jan 5, 2011
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