Hawaii Governor Josh Green said on Tuesday that the death toll from wildfires in Hawaii had risen to 101.
All victims died on the island of Maui on August 8, when the fire quickly swept through the centuries-old coastal town of Lahaina on the west coast. A dry summer and strong winds from a passing hurricane contributed to the spread of the fire.
Green said on Monday that the number of victims will rise as only a fraction of the ruins of Lahaina’s remains are being searched. By Tuesday, 32% of the devastated area had been searched using cadaver dogs.
This is the deadliest fire in the United States in the last century. So was the 2018 fire in northern California, in which 85 people died.
Lahaina was almost completely destroyed. Most of the dead were burned in a way that would be difficult to diagnose. So far, only three of the victims have been identified by fingerprints.
US President Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that he and his wife, Jill, will visit Hawaii as soon as possible, but that he does not want his presence to interfere with the rescue and cleanup efforts.
Source: Tv Net
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