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Search underway for Indian Am hiker in Zion National Park

The search is expanding for a hiker missing in Zion National Park in Utah missing since Friday, reports CBS News.

Authorities believe flood waters swept away Jetal Agnihotri, 29, along with other hikers who rescuers found on high ground. Agnihotri remains the only hiker in the group still missing.

“We don’t know what she’s going through, where she is,” her brother, Pujan Agnihotri, told Salt Lake City ABC affiliate KTVX.

According to the Business Standard, Agnihotri is Indian American.

ABC reports as many as 20 park rangers and search and rescue members joined the rescue party.

The storm that hit the region also swept through a wide area that ranged from Dallas, Texas, to Las Vegas, Nevada.

“Unfortunately, this flash [flood came] out of nowhere, there [were] no caution signs, there was no closure during the flash flood,” her brother said.

Many tourists flock to Zion for its slot canyons, but those narrow areas also pose a danger in flash floods which rangers describe as common in the park.

“Once you’re in there, you’re just kind of S.O.L. if (a flash flood) happens,” said Scott Cundy, who works for a company offering guides through the park.

In September 2015, a similar storm killed seven hikers in Zion.

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