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International News: U.S. President declares Hawaii wildfires a major disaster

Posted: Thursday, August 10, 2023. 2:09 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez:  Today, U.S. President Joe Biden approved a major disaster declaration for Hawaii freeing up federal aid to support recovery efforts following ongoing fires that left 36 people dead and thousands more displaced.

According to Politico, the declaration allows for federal funds to be used for various initiatives to help impacted communities, including grants for temporary housing and home repairs.

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

The deadly fires commenced on Tuesday in the historic town of Lahaina on Maui island.

 “Jill and I send our deepest condolences to the families of those who lost loved ones in the wildfires in Maui, and our prayers are with those who have seen their homes, businesses, and communities destroyed,” Biden added.

President Biden has also directed “all available Federal assets” to help local efforts responding to the wildfires.

 

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