Floods destroy shelters, kill animals in Mara

Flooding in the Masai Mara game reserve has caused immense destruction of tourist facilities and the death of many wild animals.

The impact of flash flooding on the reserve’s ecosystem could be significant, affecting animals through drowning and altering habitats, food sources and water availability.

Narok County Natural Resources Network chairman Nicholas Ole Murero said giraffes and gazelles have been the worst affected.

The flooding of tourist facilities in the game reserve, he added, will likely have a major impact on the owners’ income.

“We had many reservations affected by the flooding, as some campsites and hotels were submerged. We are currently moving tourists to safer places,” Murero said.

Affected campgrounds include JW Marriot Masai Mara Lodge, Mara Leisure, Mara Sweet Acacia, Crocodile Camp, Pride Inn-Azure Lodge, Intrepid, Mara Sopa and Base Camp.

Helicopters were used to evacuate tourists from the affected facilities.

Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) Narok Park Director Stephen Minis told the Nation that some of the tourists are trapped and could miss flights back to their countries, since the only route, through the flooded Talek gate, is impassable and only helicopters can be used to evacuate them.

Narok County Commissioner Kipkoech Lotiata on Thursday led the county security team in the rescue operation and confirmed that they are using two helicopters provided by the county government and KWS to evacuate tourists and workers trapped in the facility. abandoned. In the past five days, at least 11 people have died due to flooding in Narok and Bomet counties.

– Tobias Messo and Vitalis Kimutai