POLICE in the eastern Chinese province of Anhui have issued a warning that alligators have escaped from a farm due to severe flooding that has affected swathes of China over the past week.
The police posted a picture of the warning on their Weibo account, directed at people who insist on going fishing to heed the notice.
The alligators could be the critically endangered Chinese alligator, which are endemic to eastern China, and could have come from one of the two breeding centers located in the area. There are over 10,000 reptiles in captivity, most of them housed in the Anhui Research Center of Chinese Alligator Reproduction.
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The warning isn’t the only animal-related incident linked to the floods. On Tuesday, a set of photos showing a devastated farmer surrounded by what he thought were his doomed pigs went viral on Chinese social media.
According to the Shanghaiist, the farmer and his 6,000 pigs – also located in Anhui – are receiving help from a rescue team sent by Anhui’s Xishang investment company. The team came to the farmer’s aid with tractors and trucks to evacuate the pigs from the flood-ridden farm.
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Chinese state media Xinhua News also tweeted that 100 goats were trapped by the floods in a village in the eastern province, but have since been rescued by police.
Lucky goats: Over 100 trapped goats rescued by police in flood-hit village in east China's Anhui pic.twitter.com/aNtZnEZdjj
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Anhui is one of the provinces that has been hit the hardest by the flooding. Premier Li Keqiang traveled there on Tuesday to meet residents and encourage officials to keep doing everything they can to protect the people and their livelihoods, Reuters reported.
At least 128 people across 11 provinces have been killed due to the torrential rain, 42 people are missing, and over 1.3 million have been evacuated from their homes.
More downpours have been forecast for the coming week, as Taiwan prepares for Super Typhoon Nepartak. Although the typhoon is expected to weaken by the time it reaches mainland China, strong winds and heavy rain will put even more strain on emergency services.