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Visitors’ access to Hells Gate tragic gorges suspended

Date Published: 24 Apr, 2012
Visitors’ access to Hells Gate tragic gorges suspended

A section of the gorges at Hell’s Gate National Park. KWS has suspended visitors’ access to the gorges in Hells gate National Park during the ongoing rainy season following the recent deaths of seven members of a church group.

Kenya Wildlife Service has suspended visitors’ access to gorges in Hells gate National Park during the ongoing rainy season following the death of seven members of a church group on Sunday night. The deceased, who were swept away last evening by sudden flash floods in Naivasha, were walking in the gorge as part of a 53-member Mukarara PCEA church youth group from Waithaka in Nairobi on an outing. However, other parts of the popular park remain open for public visitation. The park is popular for cycling, horse back riding, rock climbing, nature walks, geothermal geyser viewing and game viewing.  KWS would like to express appreciation to the Kenya Red Cross, Kenya police and the local community for their invaluable help in the rescue efforts. Other notable assistance during the floods mayhem was provided by Naivasha District Commissioner Hellen Kiilu and OCPD Ernest Oponyo. Kenya Red Cross pitched tents at the park to offer counselling to the bereaved and all this is appreciated. The bodies of the departed were taken to a mortuary in Naivasha. KWS management is working closely with the church members and families of the deceased in funeral arrangements.  This is the first such incident to occur in the park, one of Kenya’s enthralling scenes for lovers of nature.    
 

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