Flood: Dozens of Crocodiles on the loose in a village.

Officials said some of the reptiles are still in deep water, and emergency services have been using sonar equipment to find them, hence villagers close by have been told to stay at home.

Chinese authorities have confirmed that dozens of crocodiles escaped from a breeding farm in southern China during flooding caused by Typhoon Haikui.

According to the report, around 75 crocodiles rushed out when a lake in Maoming, Guangdong province overflowed, but no casualty have been reported.

Maoming in Guangdong province is home to a number of crocodile farms; where crocodiles are bred for their skin as well as for meat.

A UK zoo – Crocodiles of the World, described the missing crocodiles as freshwater reptiles that can grow to around 3m or nearly 10ft long.

Some were however recaptured, while local authorities shot or electrocuted others “for safety reasons”.

Maoming’s Emergency Management Bureau stated that Sixty-nine adults and six juvenile crocodiles escaped following the floods.

Officials said some of the reptiles are still in deep water, and emergency services have been using sonar equipment to find them, hence villagers close by have been told to stay at home.

Typhoon Haikui has been tearing across south Asia for more than a week, affecting China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan.

Seven people have been killed and three others missing in southern China following the typhoon – now downgraded to a tropical storm – which has caused landslides and flooding.

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