The death toll in the forest fires that started on August 8 in Maui, Hawaii, USA, is increasing. It was announced that the number of people who lost their lives in forest fires increased to 111. It was stated that the identities of 5 people who died were identified and their families were notified, and search and rescue efforts continued and stated that more than a thousand people are still missing, in a written statement made by the Maui Administration.
Hawaii Governor Josh Green said in a statement that 27 percent of the disaster area has been scanned. Green stated that the death toll could increase significantly in the next 10 days, even doubling. Stating that it is difficult to search among the ashes of burned houses, workplaces, and historical places, that the lifeless bodies are largely unrecognizable, and fingerprints are rarely found, Green said that identification is not easy.
The Maui Emergency Management Agency announced that according to preliminary estimates, it would cost $5.52 billion to rebuild the island.
US President Joe Biden, who has been the target of criticism in the deadliest wildfires of the last century in US history, will travel to Hawaii on Monday, August 21. Biden will be accompanied by his wife Jill Biden. Biden's response to a journalist's question about when he would go to Hawaii, "No comment," drew a reaction from the public.
Source: Ihlas News Agency