Yesterday tragedy faced the Hell’s gate National Park when 6 tourists and a guide were swept by a deadly flash floods at the park. Six bodies have been recovered. One tourist’s body is still missing police released names of victims and survivors as search and operations are still ongoing.
“It is with deep sorrow that we announce a tragedy in Hell’s Gate National Park in which an unknown number of tourists are feared to have drowned in flash floods while others survived. Ministry of Tourism is coordinating government search and rescue operation. Details to follow” Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) announced.
Our hearts and prayers are with the tourists and tour guide that got swept away by flash floods at Hell’s gate National Park today. As a Ministry, we are doing all we can in aiding the search for them.
— Ministry of Tourism & Wildlife-Kenya (@Min_TourismKE) September 1, 2019
Ministry of tourism also indicated that KWS have taken precautionary measures since the last tragedy in April 2012. They have created clearly marked emergency exists along the whole gorge as escape routes in case of danger like the flash floods.
Six bodies of the flash flood victims have been recovered, leaving one tourist missing. The search and rescue operation continues as we reach out to next of kin to share details of sad incident and plan together next course of action.
— KWS (@kwskenya) September 2, 2019