Death toll rises to 53 in Hawaii wildfires

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The number of people killed in forest fires in Maui, one of the largest islands in the US state of Hawaii, has risen to 53. US President Joe Biden declared Hawaii a "disaster area".

The balance sheet is getting heavier in the wildfires on the island of Maui in the US tourist paradise state of Hawaii. Governor Josh Green announced that the loss of life in the fires increased to 53. 

Green emphasized that the fires, which turned 80 percent of the resort city of Lahaina on the west coast of the island into ashes, were the "biggest natural disaster" in the history of the state. 

Stating that approximately 1,700 structures have become unusable, Green stated that they are working on a plan to accommodate those who have to leave their homes in hotels and rental properties. "It will take many years to rebuild Lahaina," Green said.

HAWAII DECLARED A DISASTER AREA

More than 14,000 tourists were evacuated and 11,000 people were left without electricity as wildfires that started on the island of Maui on Tuesday spread with the impact of Hurricane Dora. 

In a written statement from the White House, it was announced that US President Joe Biden declared Hawaii a disaster area. This paved the way for federal aid to the island.
The fight against flames continues in 3 different parts of the island.

Source: Ihlas News Agency

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