Kopar Khairane
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Up to 106 people have died in the Maui wildfire

<p>Follow real-time updates on the devastating wildfires that have destroyed the historic town of Lahaina and killed hundreds of people in several areas of Maui, Hawaii.<img decoding=”async” class=”alignnone wp-image-127838″ src=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/theindiaprint.com-up-to-106-people-have-died-in-the-maui-wildfire-maui-devastation-11zon-750×422.jpg” alt=”theindiaprint.com up to 106 people have died in the maui wildfire maui devastation 11zon” width=”1246″ height=”701″ srcset=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/theindiaprint.com-up-to-106-people-have-died-in-the-maui-wildfire-maui-devastation-11zon-750×422.jpg 750w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/theindiaprint.com-up-to-106-people-have-died-in-the-maui-wildfire-maui-devastation-11zon-1024×576.jpg 1024w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/theindiaprint.com-up-to-106-people-have-died-in-the-maui-wildfire-maui-devastation-11zon-768×432.jpg 768w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/theindiaprint.com-up-to-106-people-have-died-in-the-maui-wildfire-maui-devastation-11zon-390×220.jpg 390w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/theindiaprint.com-up-to-106-people-have-died-in-the-maui-wildfire-maui-devastation-11zon-150×84.jpg 150w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/theindiaprint.com-up-to-106-people-have-died-in-the-maui-wildfire-maui-devastation-11zon.jpg 1280w” sizes=”(max-width: 1246px) 100vw, 1246px” title=”Up to 106 people have died in the Maui wildfire 3″></p>
<p>The US is now seeing its worst wildfires in more than a century. The reason was being looked into. Authorities have issued warnings that harmful leftovers from the fires’ deadly gasses may still be present, especially in drinking water, even in areas where the fires have subsided.</p>
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<p>As the death toll from the wildfire that almost destroyed the ancient town of Lahaina reached 106 on Tuesday evening, Maui County published the identities of two victims.</p>
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<p>As crews stepped up their hunt for more dead in neighborhoods left to ash, a mobile mortuary unit arrived in Hawaii on Tuesday to assist authorities laboriously identifying remains.</p>
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<p>According to Jonathan Greene, the department’s deputy assistant secretary for response, the US Department of Health and Human Services sent out a team of coroners, pathologists, and technicians as well as exam tables, X-ray machines, and other equipment to identify victims and process remains.</p>
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<p>“It’s going to be a very, very difficult mission,” Greene said. And since there are so many casualties, patience will be crucial.</p>
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<p>In a statement, the county recognized the first two fatalities as Lahaina residents Buddy Jantoc, 79, and Robert Dyckman, 74. The county said that three more victims had been located; their identities will be made public after the county has located their relatives.</p>
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<p>Hawaii’s governor said Tuesday that at least 101 people had died as a result of the fire that tore through the Maui town of Lahaina last week. Recovery operations are still ongoing.</p>
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<p>Gov. Josh Green expressed his sadness at the death during a news conference on Tuesday.</p>
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<p>The current fire is the worst to hit the US in the last 100 years. The 2018 Camp Fire in Northern California, which claimed 85 lives, has been exceeded in terms of death toll.</p>
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<p>The 1918 Cloquet Fire, which erupted in drought-stricken northern Minnesota and swept through many rural villages, killed hundreds and destroyed thousands of houses a century ago.</p>
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<p>According to Karen Clark and Company, a well-known catastrophe and risk modelling firm, the Lahaina fire resulted in insured property losses of around USD 3.2 billion. Damage to uninsured property is not included in that.</p>
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<p>The risk management company said that another 2,200 properties were damaged or destroyed by fire, bringing the total number of buildings affected by fire, smoke, or both to over 3,000. The damage rates were greater than past fires because so many of the older, older wood-frame structures, according to the business.</p>
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<p>Why did the flames start? It’s unknown right now, but officials say they’re looking into the reason.</p>
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<p>How far along are the fires? The county reports that the Upcountry fire is around 60% controlled, while the fire in Lahaina, a town that dates back centuries, is 85% contained.</p>
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<p>How do the known fatalities thus far compare to those from past US fires? Officials estimate that there have been up to 100 fatalities in the country’s biggest fire in more than a century, but the governor claims there might be many more victims discovered.</p>
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<p>How are the results of the search? Only three corpses have been found so far, according to the police chief, after cadaver dog teams searched around 32% of the search area.</p>
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<p>Why did the fire wreak such havoc in such a short period of time? The governor claims that in one spot, the flames on Maui were moving as quickly as a mile (1.6 kilometers) per minute due to dry grass fuel and high winds from a cyclone that was passing by.</p>
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<p>Have emergency notification systems been effective? Authorities chose not to use sirens and instead relied on a succession of sometimes muddled social media messages, as locals experienced cellphone and power disruptions.</p>
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<p>An electric provider is being criticized and sued for failing to turn off the electricity despite severe wind warnings and as hundreds of poles started to tumble; a video shows a wire hanging in a burned area of grass, surrounded by flames, suggesting that this may have been one of numerous ignition sources.</p>
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<p>About 258 members of the Army National Guard and Air National Guard have been mobilized by the Hawaii National Guard to assist in fighting the flames.</p>
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<p>Guard soldiers will assist with command and control activities and provide assistance to the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency and local law enforcement, according to Pentagon spokeswoman Sabrina Singh on Tuesday.</p>
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<p>The US Army Corps of Engineers is assisting with temporary power and debris clearance. The Corps has sent out 41 contractor employees in addition to 27 active duty and civilian people.</p>
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<p>The US Coast Guard is still prepared to assist people in the sea, but its priority has changed to reducing marine environmental hazards.</p>
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<p>A safety zone one nautical mile out to sea from the coastline has been created by the Coast Guard National Strike Force and the Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team Honolulu.</p>
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<p>In order to confine any potentially dangerous wastes and materials, they have also deployed pollution response personnel and equipment, including a 100-foot boom at the mouth of Blaina Harbour. The response effort is being supported by around 140 personnel of the Coast Guard.</p>
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<p>Active-duty military would be involved in the continuing endeavor, Singh said, adding that she is unsure of the number of responding troops.</p>
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<p>President Joe Biden and first wife Jill Biden have promised to go to Hawaii “as soon as we can” to assess the devastation caused by the Maui wildfire.</p>
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<p>He said that he didn’t want to interfere with attempts to recover and clean up.</p>
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<p>At a White House event meant to emphasize his economic program, Biden said Tuesday in Milwaukee, “My wife Jill and I are going to fly to Hawaii as soon as we can.</p>
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<p>The president added, “I don’t want to get in the way,” adding that the recovery work being done by first responders and search and rescue crews is “painstaking work” that “takes time.”</p>
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<p>Gov. Josh Green has been assured by Biden that Hawaii “will have everything it needs from the federal government,” according to Biden.</p>
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<p>He promised that “every asset they need will be there for them” and extended his thoughts and prayers to the people of Hawaii.</p>
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<p>Biden has examined the wreckage left by a variety of natural calamities, including as hurricanes and tornadoes. He hasn’t been to East Palestine, Ohio, where hazardous chemicals were discharged after a railway crash in February, despite declaring months earlier that he meant to travel there.</p>
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<p>According to FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell, a visit soon seems doubtful.</p>
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<p>Children are among the casualties of the fires, according to Hawaii Governor Josh Green’s statement on Tuesday.</p>
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<p>Green said during an interview on Hawaii News Now, “When the bodies are smaller, we know it’s a child.” “For instance, we are aware of an automobile with four occupants. There were plainly two kids in the backseat and a family of four.</p>
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<p>According to Green, one of the hardest aspects of the process is retrieving corpses, which is why authorities are pleading with those who want to see the “ground zero” of the flames to be patient.</p>
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<p>Green advised anyone who want housing help to register with the Red Cross.</p>
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<p>He said that the state and the organization are under contract for more than six months. By the end of the week, he said, everyone will be out of shelters thanks to the more than 450 operating hotels and more than 1,000 active Airbnbs.</p>
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<p>The governor said that it is up for debate whether or not to proactively shut down for a brief period of time to preserve infrastructure that has been damaged by the fires due to the possibility of bad weather this weekend.</p>
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<p>Chuck Schumer, the majority leader in the Senate, said on Tuesday that he wants Congress to support Hawaii by passing a supplemental spending plan that contains USD 13 billion to “as quickly as possible” refill federal disaster funds once legislators return from Labor Day.</p>
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<p>Senator Schumer, a Democrat from New York, expressed his sympathy to everyone affected by the tragic fires on Maui and promised that the Senate would “do everything we could to help Hawaii.”</p>
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<p>The Biden administration asked for USD 13 billion in total catastrophe funding last week as part of a USD 40 billion package, which Republicans in Congress are refusing to include cash for the military operation in Ukraine.</p>
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<p>The proposal will probably be taken into consideration along with larger pieces of legislation that must be passed by September 30 in order to maintain federal funding and prevent a shutdown of essential services.</p>
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<p>On a conference call, Schumer said, “We want to get a supplemental done as soon as possible.</p>
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<p>In response to the fatal wildfires on Maui, Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian humanitarian assistance organization, flew 17 tons (15.4 metric tonnes) of emergency relief supplies, tools, and volunteers on Tuesday.</p>
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<p>According to a press release from the North Carolina-based organization, volunteers will assist in the hunt for keepsakes and other objects that could have survived the flames.</p>
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<p>In 2018, the organization gathered supplies and more than 380 volunteers to assist families affected by floods on Kauai.</p>
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<p>A few US Marines who are currently on active duty have joined the effort to aid Maui’s recovery from last week.</p>
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