Several dead after flash flood at Hell’s Gate National Park, Kenya

At least six people have been killed and one person is missing in Kenya  after flash floods at a national park swept away their tour group, according to authorities.

The group included five Kenyan tourists, a local guide and a foreigner whose nationality was not disclosed. Search and rescue operation is continuing for the missing person.

Kenya Wildlife Service  said the gorge in the park was closed to the public on Sunday after the incident.

Two survivors from the group alerted park rangers, who sent out a search party, AFP news agency reported.

The park is famous for its steam plumes from geothermal activity under its ground, and in areas adjacent to it, the steam is harnessed to generate electricity. Established in 1984, the park is home to three geothermal stations.

Gorges in the park are prone to flash floods and have in the past killed visitors. In 2012, floods killed seven who were part of a church group on a trek.

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