NOTE: This picture is just one of Hell’s Gate at the Kenyan National Park but not officially the place where the six tourists were killed.
Kenyan National Park officials have reported six deaths in Hell’s Gate, a gorge within the park that inspired the animated Disney Film, The Lion King.
Six tourists – five Kenyans and a foreigner — and their local guide were swept away in the flash flood while visiting the park on Sunday, part of a group of 13.
The park, located about 62 miles northwest of the Kenya’s capital of Nairobi, is home to multiple deep gorges, cliffs, and three geothermal power stations.
The park is famous for having inspired the animators of Disney’s 1994 movie “The Lion King.” The 2001 film “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider,” starring Angelina Jolie, was also filmed there, according to Kenya’s Daily Nation newspaper.
Sunday’s victims were part of a 13-person tour group, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported Monday. Seven of them were “swept away by the flash floods,” the Kenya Wildlife Service said Sunday, adding on Monday that one tourist remains missing.
The victims’ identities have not been revealed. Local government authorities said the seven people who were swept away consisted of six tourists and a local guide, while the KWS said all seven of them were tourists. [Insider]
Six bodies of the flash flood victims have been recovered, leaving one tourist missing. The search and rescue operation continues as we reach out to next of kin to share details of sad incident and plan together next course of action.
— KWS (@kwskenya) September 2, 2019
Here are some responses from individuals not happy safeguards were not put in place
I TOTALLY BLAME KWS! This TRAGEDY has happened before but it seems they have not learned anything!
They’re supposed to have put in place an early warning system to ensure safety for their visitors.
— Lt 1st class Georges Savimbi (@GeorgesSavimbi) September 2, 2019
The flash floods don’t just occur out of the blue, we pay to enter the park, why can’t you erect watch towers on rivers leading to the gorges during rainy seasons. Watch towers and sirens will save lives
— O—t—e—v—o—h Nje’ry🔁 (@Obino_Otevoh) September 2, 2019
Besides, we should have learnt some lessons by now after former incidences like this.
I hope KWS will act and put stringent measures to prevent such.
We can’t afford to lose any more.
May they Rest In Peace.
— Natalie (@NatalieJaffar) September 2, 2019
The reason for the anger is that it’s not the first time a tragedy like this has happened. Back in 2012, during heavy rains, seven young Kenyans drowned at the same spot in the Ol Jorowa gorge in the south of the park.
Following the incident, the gorge was closed down, according to the agency, which also reported that tour groups are usually accompanied by guides, who are trained to detect stormwater flowing down from the gorge.