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Hells Gate flash floods: KWS recover six bodies

The Kenya Wildlife Service, KWS has confirmed to have recovered six bodies of the seven tourists swept away by flash floods at Hells Gate National Park.

KWS has however promised to continue with the search and rescue operations as it reaches out to the next of kin of the victims to share sad details.

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“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 the sad incident and plan together with the next course of action.” Said KWS

The flash floods at Hells Gate saw seven tourists swept away with two bodies recovered as search and rescue missions continued.

The seven dead are said to be five Kenyans, a local guide and a foreigner.

Also read: KWS discontinues use of Euro and Pounds in parks

As on Sunday night, two more bodies were recovered by KWS bringing the total of dead bodies to four.

In 2012 a similar incident happened at the National Park leading to the creation of clearly marked exit points along the gorge as escape routes in case of an emergency such as flash floods.

“Since the last similar tragedy in 2012, we have created clearly marked emergency exits along the whole gorge as escape routes in case of danger like the flash floods.”

Also read: KWS distances Kenya from an ailing giraffe doing rounds

The guides are said to be trained to detect stormwater flowing downstream and alert tourists of impending emergencies and direct them to exit points.

Berryl Achieng
Kenyan news interests me a lot but I also keep tabs on other news making headlines in Africa and around the world.


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