Tourism Cabinet Secretary Alfred Mutua has stated that all hotels situated near rivers must be prepared for potential evacuation as heavy rainfall continues to wreak havoc across the country.

Mutua emphasized the urgency of the situation, stating, “All hotels and camps adjacent to rivers within national parks and reserves should prepare for potential evacuations should rivers overflow.”

The warning comes in the wake of severe flooding that has already submerged several hotels, lodges, and camps in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve after the Telek River overflowed due to the ongoing downpour. Government agencies have swiftly mobilized to the affected areas to ensure the safe evacuation of both staff and guests.

While no fatalities have been reported in the Maasai Mara incident, the country has already witnessed over 120 deaths as a result of the flooding crisis. Mutua urged hoteliers facing emergencies to contact the National Emergency Disaster Helpline at 0800721571 without delay.

Furthermore, Kenyans have been strongly advised against risking their lives by attempting to cross flooded rivers or using makeshift watercraft. Mutua cautioned, “Those found taking unnecessary risks will be arrested and charged with attempted suicide or murder.” Stay tuned for more updates on this developing situation.