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Five Tourists Feared Dead After Being Swept By Floods At Hell’s Gate

Five Tourists Feared Dead After Being Swept By Floods At Hell’s Gate”

A search-and-rescue team was dispatched on Sunday after the group, which is said to have included five Kenyans, a local tour guide and one tourist whose nationality is not yet known.

Five Kenyans of Indian descent, an Indian national and their Kenyan driver died in the Sunday evening tragedy, said Paul Udoto, spokesman for the Kenya Wildlife Service.

"We are told or I am informed that there is another body that is down at the gorge".

Naivasha Sub-County Commissioner Mathioya Mbogo said the seven who were swept away were all Kenyans and six had visited the park from the western city of Kisumu.

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Further reports indicate that the survivor who narrowly escaped the ordeal said his wife was among those swept away by the floods. Two of those killed were children, he added, tears rolling down his cheeks. "For more than an hour the rest of us held tight before the water subsided and we managed to walk to safety".

The park is famous for its steam plumes from geothermal activity under its ground, and in areas adjacent to it, the steam is harnessed to generate electricity.

The missing were part of a group visiting Hell's Gate - where the 2003 film "Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life" was shot - when they were swept away.

Hell's Gate, named after a narrow break in its cliffs, was once the tributary of a prehistoric lake and its downhill gorges are prone to flooding. The gorge had been closed to the public because of heavy rains.



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