June 21, 2024

The authorities of the Hawaiian island of Maui have raised the official dying toll from the fires which have devastated a part of the archipelago in current days to 96 on Tuesday, with out it being clear for now how many individuals are nonetheless lacking and the way far the depend will proceed to extend. of victims.

Of the three primary fires on Maui, one has been one hundred pc contained for days, whereas the opposite two are 60 and 80 p.c, in accordance with the county. Some areas stay blocked off and Police Chief John Pelletier estimated over the weekend that solely 3 p.c of burned areas had been tracked.

Parallel to the extinction and monitoring work, the requests for accountability are additionally advancing, with some voices calling for clarification why the alert system didn’t work on time or if {the electrical} wiring had one thing to do with the beginning of the the fires, fanned by hurricane pressure winds.

This tragedy is already thought-about the deadliest pure catastrophe in current Hawaiian historical past and the wave of fires that has claimed essentially the most lives in america in additional than a century: in 1918, 453 folks died in a collection of fires in Minnesota and Wisconsin.