Maui Wildfire Burns Lahaina; 36 Dead & 270 Structures Destroyed

by | Aug 10, 2023 | Climate Crisis, Environmental News

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At least Thirty-six people have died from wildfires on the Hawaiian island of Maui, which have also destroyed 270 buildings in Lahaina. The ancient town was reduced to ashes on Wednesday by the Maui wildfire. The fire is said to be fueled by Hurricane Dora’s high winds, and authorities fear the death toll may grow as emergency workers cautiously enter fire-ravaged districts. Meanwhile, to escape the flames, residents of the island have leaped into the ocean and are now being rescued by the special rescue team.

However, the initial data highlights the magnitude of the catastrophe: At least 20 more people have suffered significant injuries in addition to the Thirty-six fatalities. Thousands of people have been forced to seek refuge, and many sleep in their cars.

Governor Sylvia Luke has said that the flames wiped out communities and has requested the travelers to stay away. Island officials coordinated a massive bus evacuation to transport visitors directly to the airport after they urged tourists to depart Lahaina.

The smoke in Maui’s historic Lahaina town completely destroys whole blocks of residences and businesses. According to officials, 2,000 travelers sought refuge at Maui Kahului Airport, while 4,000 people wanted to evacuate the island. Up to 4,000 individuals displaced by the Maui wildfire might be accommodated at the Hawaii Convention Centre in Honolulu.

Maui Wildfire Burns Lahaina; 36 Dead & 270 Structures Destroyed

 

James Tokioka, head of the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism, declared that “local people have lost everything.” “They have lost their house, and they have lost their animals.”In Maui, at least three large fires are still burning and out of control. This implies that the current depiction of destruction may not be accurate.

President Biden expressed his sympathies to the families of those who lost loved ones and offered federal help in a statement from the White House. Additionally, he said,We are grateful to the courageous firefighters and first responders who continue to run towards danger, putting themselves in harm’s way to save lives.”

According to the National Weather Service, Hurricane Dora, which was passing safely 500 miles (805 km) to the south of the island chain, was partially to blame for winds above 60 mph (97 kph), which knocked out electricity, shook homes, and grounded firefighting aircraft on Maui.

The cause of this wildfire might be attributed in part to climate change. According to the head of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute, climate change might cause wildfire because the rising temperatures and climate change produce increased vegetation dryness in many places.

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