Why flights to this part of Kenya have been suspended

Airstrip closed down

Plane landing at an airstrip 1

Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) Thursday closed the Amboseli Airstrip following heavy rains.

Following the closure of the airstrip, local airlines suspended flights on Friday following the KWS advisory.

KWS closed the Amboseli Airstrip following heavy rains that flooded key amenities including a passenger service centre.

KWS has put a temporary closure of the airstrip effective 12th Dec 2019 following heavy rains," a statement from Air Kenya read in part.

In a statement KWS stated that one of the main entry points to the Amboseli National Park, Kimana Gate had been flooded.

Flash floods

The park’s Kimana Gate is periodically flooded and inaccessible as are some parts of the park," KWS said.

"Therefore, all visitors to Amboseli National Park are advised to seek guidance about the status of the roads via the park’s hotline number 0716493335,” the statement added.

The weatherman had warned of more rains in several parts of the country adding that some regions will experience floods.

Areas around the lake region, highlands west of the Rift Valley, highlands east of the Rift Valley and North Eastern region were alerted to expect heavy rains and thunderstorms.

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