Vietnam hunt for freed crocodile

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7090361.stm 

Soldiers in Vietnam are hunting for hundreds of crocodiles washed away by flooding from a farm in the central province of Khanh Hoa.

The reptiles were swept away on Saturday when a flash flood knocked down a fence at the crocodile farm, provincial Governor Vo Lam Phi said.

About 5,000 crocodiles live on the farm and it is unclear how many are loose.

Troops and villagers have shot or recaptured at least seven of the animals, media reports said.

Crocodiles are farmed in Vietnam for their skin and their meat.

Forest rangers, soldiers and militiamen are searching for the creatures, which Mr Phi said had escaped into a stream that ran close to the farm.

“We have warned the villagers to be careful and asked them to call the authorities if they spot any crocodiles,” he told the Associated Press news agency.

Vietnam has been badly hit by flooding this year

Vietnam has been hit by severe seasonal weather in recent weeks.

A series of storms has brought high winds and heavy rain to the central and northern parts of the country, triggering flooding and landslides.

More than 200 people have been killed since early October and more heavy rainfall is expected, forecasters said.

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