Authorities called off search and rescue operations after seven bodies were recovered from a flash flood that killed at least six tourists and their driver visiting the gorges of the famous Hell's Gate National park in Kenya, AP reported on Monday, September 2nd.
Six tourists and a guide were confirmed dead on Sunday evening, said Paul Udoto, the spokesperson for the Kenya Wildlife Service.
The park was also closed, authorities said.
"At around 3pm water came from nowhere and I had my phone, and we were able to call the guy at the reception... the guide next to me shouted 'tuna bebwa na maji (the water is carrying us away),'" said Ivraj Singh, who survived the deluge.
"We thought rescue would come but nothing, my relatives started going one after the other," he added.
Only six people from his group from Nairobi survived, he said.
John Waweru, Director General of Kenya Wildlife Services, said, "early warning is the only way we are going to be able to prevent such incidences happening again."
Seven years ago, seven members of a church group died when they were washed away by floods in the same area, which is prone to flash floods during the rainy season.
Authorities say that rainfall from surrounding areas builds up and can rush through the restricted spaces of the gorges.