Hawaii Grapples with Worst Disaster in State History, Fire Death Toll Rises to 55

As Hawaii searches for survivors of the biggest calamity in its history, which has killed at least 55 people, despair is growing throughout the state.
Governor Josh Green declared on Thursday that more people might die as a result of the state’s ongoing brush fires, but officials refrained from estimating by how much.

All of us are affected by a catastrophe that impacts one of us, according to Maui County Mayor Richard Bissen Jr. The fortitude of our families, businesses, and visitors has just been put to a test on a scale that has never occurred in our lifetime.
Access to the 911 system was difficult during the crisis, and many locations experienced poor mobile service and downed phone lines.

US Civil Air Patrol and Maui Fire Department flyovers of Lahaina revealed that more than 271 structures have been damaged since the fire started on Tuesday evening. The town, harbor, and surrounding areas of West Maui have sustained significant damage.

Hawaii grapples with worst disaster in state history

On duty 24 hours a day, roughly 100 firefighters from Maui, including those from 11 state airports, could still see the flames on Thursday. The Honolulu Fire Department has been contacted by the Maui Fire Department to send 20 more firemen and an incident management team./read more

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