Wildfires in Hawaii have killed around 36 people. Maui officials declared the unfortunate deaths on Wednesday night. The fires are spreading rapidly across the two islands. Many locals as well as tourists are facing a lot of damage and loss due to these devastating fires.
“As the firefighting efforts continue, 36 total fatalities have been discovered today amid the active Lāhainā fire.” the county mentioned in a press release. Details of the victims are yet to release according to the authorities.
Maui County, the popular vacation town of Lahaina, is facing massive damages as per Lt. Gov. Sylvia Luke (D). The road to recover the damage will take years, according to her statement.
Rescue operations are still going on and saving the lives of people at risk is the top priority of the operations. The wildfires are spreading faster than imagined according to the Maj. Gen. Kenneth Hara, adjutant general of the Hawaii National Guard. Hurricane-force winds are obstructing the efforts to extinguish the fires.
The officials are using helicopters and other resources to look for people in areas with power cuts and no accessible roads. The authorities are also struggling as there are no long-term living shelters available for the people in need.
Country officials request vehicles and other transportation means to leave Lahaina and Maui. The officials are urging support at this time of crisis as they fighting with limited resources. Authorities are displacing hundreds of families from the emerging fires, according to Gov. Josh Green.
This Article is currently being updated for more details.