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International News: U.S. Coast Guard rescues 50 people who jumped into Pacific Ocean to escape flames from Hawaii wildfires 

Posted: Thursday, August 10, 2023. 2:07 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: The United States Coast Guard have reported rescuing 50 people who jumped into the Pacific Ocean to escape the flames in Maui, Hawaii.

Officials in Hawaii say that 36 people lost their lives in deadly fires across the island.

Thousands of residents have been displaced due to the ongoing fires.

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U.S. President Joe Biden has approved a “major disaster” declaration for the state.

“Anyone who’s lost a loved one, whose home has been damaged and destroyed is going to get help immediately,” Biden said.

Yahoo reports that several organizations including the American Red Cross, Maui Humane Society and Hawaii Salvation Army are working to help those affected by the fires.

The historic town of Lahaina was nearly burned to the ground, officials said.

 

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