Tourists rescued from Kenya's Maasai Mara National Reserve after flooding
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Tourists rescued from Kenya's Maasai Mara National Reserve after flooding

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05-15-2024
 

Tourists were rescued from Kenya's Maasai Mara National Reserve last week after hotels, lodges and camps flooded after a river within the reserve broke its banks as heavy rains pounded the East African country.

More than 170 people have died across Kenya since mid-March when the rainy season started.

The reserve is a popular tourist destination as it features the annual wildebeest migration from the Serengeti in Tanzania.

VOA reports that the Kenya Red Cross rescued 36 people by air and 25 others by land.

Meanwhile, Tropical Cyclone Hidaya which was expected to hit the Mafia Island, another popular tourist destination in Kenya, lost its strength by the time it reached the island on Saturday.

The Ministry of interior and National Administration had suspended, until midnight on May 6, beach activities including fishing, swimming and non-essential transport within the country's territorial waters.

“The Tropical Cyclone Hidaya storm is over and forecasted to have weakened; however, heavy rainfall is still expected offshore along the coast region with strong winds and large waves already experienced in Kwale County,” the ministry said.


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