NAIROBI, Kenya — A Kenyan tour guide and five Indian tourists were killed on Sunday when a flood in Kenya’s tourist resort town of Naivasha swept away the van in which they were traveling.
Marcus Ochola, the Rift Valley regional police commander, confirmed the incident at the Hell’s Gate National Park.
“The guide did not read the weather of the surroundings. They know the killer waters usually originate from the highlands but didn’t read this. We are there searching for possible survivors,” Ochola said.
Nearby residents in the area said one of the survivors alerted the park police at the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) after they escaped from the raging floods in the gorges.
The local police chief Ochola said search and rescue efforts were underway, but water levels were high in the gorges, slowing down the process.
In a release, the ministry of tourism and wildlife said an unknown number of tourists are feared to have drowned in flash floods while others survived.
“It is with deep sorrow that we announce a tragedy this evening in Hell’s Gate National Park in Naivasha in which an unknown number of tourists are feared to have drowned in flash floods while others survived,” the ministry said in a statement issued in Nairobi.
“The ministry of tourism and wildlife is coordinating government agencies in a search and rescue operation. Our hearts and prayers are with the family and loved ones of those who died in the tragedy,” it added.