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International News: Devastating fires in Maui claim 80 lives, destroys 2,000 buildings

Posted: Saturday, August 12, 2023. 1:17 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez:  Officials in Maui, Hawaii have confirmed the deaths of 80 residents and Mayor Richard Bissen warned the death toll “could go up.”

More than 2,200 buildings and other structures have been damaged or destroyed and 2,170 acres burnt.

According to NBC, many of the historic landmarks are lost.

Hawaii Governor Josh Green said the fires are likely to be the largest natural disaster in the state’s history.

Those who escaped the deadly fires shared their desperate stories to escape the inferno.

U.S. President Joe Biden has also declared a major disaster in Hawaii, freeing up federal funds to aid recovery.

King Charles and his wife, Queen Camilla have also extended their condolences to the Lahaina fire victims in a message to President Biden.

 

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