Tragedy struck again at Hells Gate National Park, when a group of tourists and their guide got overwhelmed by a flash flood, caused by a severe rainstorm some distance away.
Kenya Wildlife Service and other security agencies have launched a full scale search and rescue mission, hoping to find the group alive.
A man called Dennis Itolia has on Facebook written his traumatic experience together with his family. He wrote
“God is so great.
These photos were taken at Hells Gate. The rains started and we hid under a cave. When it continued to increase, I asked the KWS warden to take us back. They were 2. The one carrying my kid on their shoulders obliged. We bore the rain and came out through an emergency exit.
In the cave to our right were other tourists plus the other warden. They opted to wait for the rain to subside. Too bad, I learnt this morning they were all swept away by flash floods. They didn’t make it.
May God Rest Their Souls In Eternal Peace.”
Condolences messages continue to be received from Kenyans:
Gladys Mumbi Kamau Ndungu Nyoro, ...I wish people would know that there’s power behind every name, It might be positive or negative. The name itself tells you exactly what to expect. I thank God for saving the lives of this man and his family. But people should be careful …
Munjiru Njuguna ..The last time I was there in June , I was told thirty minutes prior the flash floods the walls of experiences tremors. So you have to locate the email emergency exits within that time💆🏾♀️😬🤦🏾♀️ I am not sure how true that is, but what I can say is, I didn’t not enjoy the place at ALL!!!!!
Nahason Karuri ..You have all the reasons to thank God.For your information,those guards aren’t from KWS.They are from the community who are accommodated to operate guide services to visitors at a fee.I dont know exactly how they operate but one thing am.very use of is
Nimmoh Wa Kahuria ..Apparently the flash floods come from rains from the surrounding hills. The floods happen hata kama the exact place has not rained. The management shld come out with ways to detect the floods and evacuate anyone in the caves in due time. The name shld also be changed, name it Olkaria caves..
Marion Kuria ..I remember years back whn still in high school 12+years, I cldnt get down there…. I literally became sick n had to go back to the bus…. Years later with my friends we went for a walk, again just kuchungulia from top I fell sick… Upto date have never understood the connection btwn that me falling sick…… Anyway its high time thy change its name
Shiro Wa Kamau …N u hear there’s a devils bedroom inside. Reke nemwo. God is great He saved you. N for those who lost their lives may they rest in peace