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Sharknado: Australia warns of snakes, crocs and sharks in floods

SYDNEY: Wading through flooded areas can be dangerous anywhere in the world, but in Australia the waters may contain snakes, crocodiles and sharks as well as rubbish and sewage. One of the striking images showing the impact of category four Cyclone Debbie which smashed through northeast Australia this week was a paramedic's photo of a large bull shark that washed up on a road near the town of Ayr. And sharks are not the only unusual sightings in floodwaters in Australia's tropical north. Queensland state authorities…

Australia teen ‘punches croc’ in miracle escape

SYDNEY: An Australian teenager is lucky to be alive, paramedics said Sunday, after he reportedly escaped the jaws of a crocodile by punching it in the head during a late night swim in a river. The 18-year-old, named in local media as Lee de Paauw, suffered extensive injuries to his left arm after he was attacked in Johnstone River on Australia's northeastern coast early Sunday morning, the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) said. He had jumped into the river as a dare while "revelling with friends", QAS Cairns senior…