SNAKES, CROCS TERRORIZE PNG FLOOD VICTIMS

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Nov. 30) – A Papua New Guinea man was attacked by a two-metre crocodile in a remote village in Northern Province yesterday and was airlifted to Popondetta for medical treatment.

The crocodile, plus another which was shot dead by police, were among more than 40 that broke out from two farms in Popondetta during the cyclone and flood.

Apart from starvation and water-borne diseases, the crocodile attack has brought fear to the disaster-stricken people.

Police media officer David Terry, who is on the scene in Oro, in a statement said hundreds of man-eating crocodiles and poisonous snakes were reportedly on the loose throughout the province after being displaced from their habitat by the flood.

Mr Terry said the villager from Bagou village heard his dog barking and came out to check.

"To his surprise the crocodile charged at him but he called for help and other villagers came and scared the reptile," Mr Terry said.

He said the villagers called police for help through a mobile phone and the police went and shot the crocodile dead.

According to the health authorities in Popondetta, the villager is in a stable condition.

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