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Boy feared taken by crocodile after floods in Australia

AFP , SYDNEY

A five-year-old boy is feared to have been snatched by a crocodile in floodwaters in northern Australia while walking with his dog yesterday, police said.

“The boy was walking with his seven-year-old brother earlier this morning when he followed his dog into floodwaters,” police said in a statement.

“He disappeared in the water and his brother saw a large crocodile in the vicinity of his disappearance,” the statement said.

A large-scale search for the boy has been launched at Cape Tribulation in far north Queensland.

Police were also searching for two people missing after their car was washed away as they tried to drive through floodwaters south of Tully in Queensland.

Much of the state has been declared a disaster zone, with an area of more than 1 million km² and 3,000 homes affected by floods caused by torrential rains.

Hundreds of people were forced to evacuate and others have been stranded in their homes.

Rain continued to fall on the saturated state yesterday.

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