Floods in Kenya trap tourists at Massai Mara game reserve, resorting to climbing trees for rescue by helicopter

A devastating flood in the Maasai Mara National Reserve has forced the evacuation of tourists by helicopter, with more than 14 tourist camps flooded and tents swept away as the Talek river burst its banks.

The Kenyan Red Cross has rescued 36 people by air and 25 by ground, with tour operators unable to access the park entrance due to floodwaters. Meteorologists are predicting heavy rains to continue in the region, adding to the already dire situation.

The death toll in Kenya has reached 181, with many more missing. Conservationists are also concerned about animals being swept away in the floods, as the impact of the flooding extends beyond Kenya to other East African countries.

Roads, bridges, and infrastructure have been swept away by the floods, leading to criticism of the government for slow rescue efforts. President Ruto has ordered military assistance to aid in search and rescue efforts, as well as warning of ongoing risks and urging preventive action and evacuation to higher ground.

As the situation continues to unfold, it is clear that the devastating flood in the Maasai Mara National Reserve has had a wide-reaching impact, highlighting the need for quick and effective response to natural disasters in the region. Insider Wales Sport will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as they become available.

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