4th January 2011 Rockhampton, Australia.
As the North Eastern corner of Australia continues to suffer from flood water remaining residents have been issued with another warning. This time it is to take care as the still rising flood water is now providing a temporary home to poisonous snakes and crocodiles.
The death toll has continued to rise and latest reports have said that at least ten people have died as a result of the flooding. The reporter of breakfast TV in the UK, which I watched this morning, was sending a live video link to the area near Rockhampton. As he was issuing his report he pointed to a poisonous snake which passed close to him, in the flood water.
When such events occur we seldom give a passing thought to the local wildlife. All too often many wild animals and birds are killed. In a country as diverse as Australia there are a fair few creatures which might be classed as dangerous.
People have been warned to stay out of the flood water as there is the risk that it is polluted by effluence but also a risk of people being swept away. The saltwater crocodiles and poisonous snakes add to the general concerns.
This flooding is the worst seen in the area for many a year and the area will face a long battle, once the flood waters subside. to put things in order. To put the area of Australia affected, the flood area is as large an area as France and Germany put together.