The government has closed indefinitely the killer Ol-Jorowa gorge in Hell’s Gate National Park following the deaths of seven people who were swept away by flash floods on Sunday.
“The gorge in Hell’s Gate has been closed to the public with immediate effect due to the continuing rains. A helicopter will be released from Nairobi to help with the search and rescue operation,” said Paul Udoto, from KWS Communications Department.
Four bodies had been recovered by Monday morning while the search of the other three is underway.
Some of the bodies were recovered on Sunday night and others Monday morning.
“Seven tourists were swept away by flash floods. Four bodies have been recovered while three are missing,” Udoto said.
The tourists were washed away alongside their tour guide as they explored the gorge in Hell’s Gate.
“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.
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 Jorowa, a dangerous area with gorges in the park, prone to flash floods during the rainy season.