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‘A heartbreaking day’: 55 die after Hawaii wildfires – as governor warns fatalities will rise

At least 55 people have died following devastating wildfires in Hawaii – with the state’s governor describing it as a “heartbreaking day”.

Speaking at a news conference, Josh Green said this was “likely the largest natural disaster” in the state’s history.

He warned that the number of fatalities will rise further, and will probably surpass the 61 lives lost after a tsunami in 1960.

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The search of the wildfire wreckage on the Hawaiian island of Maui revealed a wasteland of burned out homes

A view of damage cause by wildfires in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii, U.S. August 10, 2023, in this screen grab obtained from a social media video. Senator Brian Schatz via Instagram/via REUTERS  THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES.
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“What we’ve seen today has been catastrophic, but we tell you there’s going to be a team effort to bring our state back,” Mr Green told reporters.

He added that many hundreds of homes have been destroyed – and thousands of people are in need of temporary accommodation.

Maui mayor Richard Bissen addressed those whose homes have not been damaged by the fires but who have been evacuated.

“I know the question on your mind is: when can I get back to my home?” he said – urging people to wait until “we have recovered those that have perished”.

“Please allow us to complete this process before we allow people back into their homes,” Mr Bissen said.

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A map showing the location of Maui
A map showing the location of Maui

Mr Green also called for anyone with spare rooms across the island of Maui to open up their homes to those needing shelter.

“If you have additional space in your home, if you have the capacity to house somebody … please consider bringing those people into your lives,” Green said.

Fire chief Brad Ventura said that none of the fires were completely contained.

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Lahaina residents were told to jump into the ocean or burn to death as the wildfire flames approached the town.

He said many small fires had also appeared – forcing crews to “triage” resources.

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Inside Hawaii town ravaged by wildfires

“It’s still very, very hazardous … things are falling every minute around us, and some people have been hurt,” he added.

Police chief John Pelletier believes that about 1,000 people were missing, and power outages were making it hard to contact and find people.

Fuelled by a dry summer and strong winds from a passing hurricane, the fire started on Tuesday and took Maui by surprise, racing through parched growth covering the island and then feasting on homes and anything else that lay in its path.


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