A search for the body of a missing tourist underway at hell’s Gate National Park after flash floods

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BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,2ND SEPT 2019-A search for  the body of a missing tourist is  underway  after flash floods swept through the Hell’s Gate National Park on Sunday  killings  7 tourists   who had gone to tour the  scenery.Six bodies  have already been  recovered .

“The gorge in Hell’s Gate has been closed to the public with immediate effect due to the continuing rains,” said Paul Udoto, from KWS Communications Department.

He also confirmed the recovery of six bodies, “One tourist still missing as six bodies have been found in the tragic incident involving tourists exploring the gorges in Hell’s Gate National Park.”

According to Capital FM  Some of the bodies were recovered on Sunday night and others Monday morning.

The tourists were washed away alongside their tour guide as they explored the gorge in Hell’s Gate, where 2003 film “Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life” was shot on location.

“Our hearts and prayers are with the family and loved ones of those who died in the tragedy,” Udoto said, in announcing the indefinite closure of the famous gorge in the park that is preferred by tourists.

The parks has also  been closed indefinitely following the tragic events.

It will be recalled that Seven years ago, seven members of a church group–the Pentecostal Church of East Africa (PCEA)–died when they were washed away by floods at Ol Jorwa, a dangerous area with gorges in the park, prone to flash floods during the rainy season.

“It does not have to rain in Hell’s Gate, whenever it is raining in the surrounding areas of Longonot Mountain, flash floods will always occur and they are very dangerous,” another official who was involved in the search and rescue of the church members in 2012 said.

Hell’s Gate, which received its name from 19th-century explorers, is around 100 kilometers (60 miles) northwest of the Kenyan capital Nairobi and just south of Lake Naivasha.

Its spectacular scenery inspired the Disney animation “The Lion King”.Established in 1984. 

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