Six Bodies Recovered After Flash Flood In Kenya National Park

 

Kenyan authorities said Monday they have recovered the bodies of six of seven members of a tour group who were killed in a flash flood at the Hell’s Gate national park.

“Six bodies of the flash flood victims have been recovered, leaving one tourist missing,” the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said on Twitter.

The KWS manages the park, the location of the 2003 film “Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life”.

It said the search and rescue operation was continuing and the authorities have sought to contact the next of kin.

Six tourists – five Kenyans and a foreigner — and their local guide were swept away in the flash flood as they were visiting the park on Sunday, part of a group of 13.

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Two survivors from the group alerted park rangers who sent out a search party.

The deep gorges of the Hell’s Gate park are often lashed by heavy rains. In 2012, seven young Kenyans drowned at the same spot in the Ol Jorowa gorge in the south of the park.

The tour guides have “been trained to detect storm water flowing downstream towards the gorge,” the KWS said.

“Every group is usually accompanied by experienced guides who are able to alert tourists of impending emergencies and direct them to exit points.

“Since the last similar tragedy in 2012, we have created clearly marked emergency exists along the whole gorge as escape routes in case of danger like the flash floods.”

It said on Sunday that the gorges were closed to the public as the rains are continuing.

Hell’s Gate, named by 19th-century explorers, is around 100 kilometres (60 miles) northwest of the Kenyan capital Nairobi and just south of Lake Naivasha.

Its spectacular scenery inspired the Disney animation “The Lion King”.

The park, established in 1984, is also home to three geothermal stations.

AFP

Two Killed, 16 Injured In Florida Nightclub Shooting

Florida, Nightclub, Fort MyersPolice say two persons have been killed and about 16 others wounded in a gunfire attack at a nightclub in Florida in the United States.

The shooting happened during a party for teenagers at Club Blu in the city of Fort Myers.

Police authorities said that the attack was “not an act of terror”, but they have arrested three people suspected to be involved in the shooting.

They identified the dead persons as a leading local high school basketball player, Ste’fan Strawder and another Sean Archilles who were 18 and 14 years old respectively.

“He liked to make people laugh. He’s a funny kid. He’s always joking,” Sean’s father told BBC.

The Police are still investigating the motive behind the attack.

Agency Predicts Flooding In Lagos, Kaduna, Yola, Five Other Cities

flooding, Nasarawa, Flood Victims, Nasrawa floodThe Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency has predicted flash flood in Lagos, Ibadan, Port Harcourt, Sokoto, Kaduna, Maiduguri, Makurdi and Yola.

Speaking at the unveiling of the 2016 annual flood outlook, the Director General of the agency, Dr Moses Beckley has urged state governments to put in place artificial reservoirs to check the flow of the flood.

Nigeria has experienced its fair share of flooding over the years and its attendant consequences. In 2012, Nigeria witnessed what has been described as the most devastating flood in its history.

Since then, the Nigeria Hydrological Service Agency has been making public the flood outlook for each year.

This year’s prediction sees a higher flooding than last year and the areas to be affected are mostly urban areas.

The outlook also predicts that some of the nation’s rivers would overflow its bounds.

It predicted river flooding in Niger, Benue, Sokoto-Rima, Anambra Imo, Cross River and Ogun-Osun rivers.

The outlook serves as an early warning to mitigate the risks of flooding and to guide government in taking necessary steps to reduce the impact of the flood.

The agency is hoping that relevant government agencies and policy makers are well prepared to respond adequately to the incidence of flood in their area following the release of the outlook.