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Originally published Monday, April 23, 2012 at 2:48 AM

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Official: Flash floods kill 7 in Kenyan park

The Kenya wildlife Service says seven members of a church youth group visiting one of its parks have died after they were swept away in a gorge by water from flash floods.

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NAIROBI, Kenya —

The Kenya wildlife Service says seven members of a church youth group visiting one of its parks have died after they were swept away in a gorge by water from flash floods.

Kenya Wildlife Service spokesman Paul Udoto said Monday the seven were part of a group walking in the gorge at Hells Gate National Park in Naivasha, about 50 miles (75 kilometers) northwest of Kenya's capital Nairobi.

Udoto says 53 members from the Mukara Presbyterian Church of East Africa youth group in Nairobi were visiting the park on Sunday when the incident happened. He says guides managed take the other members of the group to safety.

Udoto says rains resulting in the unexpected flash floods had fallen in neighboring areas of Longonot, Kedong and Suswa and not in Hells Gate itself.

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