Joe Biden vows to help rebuild Hawaii after deadly wildfire
22 August 2023 | 2:00 pm
Two weeks after blazes killed at least 114 people and left hundreds more missing, the US president traveled to Hawaii to survey the damage caused. Biden has been criticized over a lackluster response to the crisis.
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The French-speaking province has become the latest wildfires hotspot in the country. Smoke from the fires has traveled as far away as New York, significantly hindering visibility and prompting air quality alerts.
France, Portugal and Spain, as well as the US, are joining the fight to put out hundreds of active wildfires in Canada. Heavy smoke from wildfires has traveled thousands of miles and shrouded many US cityscapes.
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Dozens have died and many are still missing on the US island of Maui in Hawaii, after it was engulfed by flames earlier this week. Climate change, along with four incendiary factors, led to the disaster.
Maui's iconic Lahaina town, once the capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom, is now reduced to ashes by raging fires. As the death toll rises, the island mourns the loss of its heritage and its residents.
At least 67 people have died in wildfires on Hawaii's Maui island, making it the deadliest natural disaster in the state's history. Residents of the devastated city of Lahain returned home to take stock of the damage.
An estimated 96 people died in the Maui wildfires, but that figure could double or even triple in the next 10 days, the governor said. Search crews are going street by street through devastated neighborhoods.
Activating Hawaii's emergency sirens, primarily used to issue tsunami warnings, could have sent people on Maui from the coast to the burning forests, the head of Maui’s Emergency Management Agency said.
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