May 19, 2024
Hawaii Death Toll Rises To 93 In Deadliest US Wildfire In A Century
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Hawaii Death Toll Rises To 93 In Deadliest US Wildfire In A Century

People in the Hawaiian resort town Lahaina which has been ravaged by a horrific inferno, have expressed anger as the death toll from the wildfires rose to 93 on Saturday, making it officially the deadliest US wildfire in more than 100 years.

Officials say the death toll might go up further as search teams continued sifting through the ruins of the town located on Maui island. The resort town of more than 12,000 people has been reduced to ruins, its lively hotels and restaurants turned to ashes.

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The latest figure exceeds the 85 people who perished in a 2018 fire in the town of Paradise, California, and was the highest death toll from a wildfire since 1918 when the Cloquet fire in Minnesota and Wisconsin killed 453 people.

Hawaiian authorities have begun an inquiry into the handling of the fire, with residents saying there had been no warning.

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