Fires in Hawaii: only 4 victims identified, will take weeks to stabilize

The death toll in Hawaii is still rising. 101 people were killed in the fires that devastated the island of Maui, which virtually destroyed 2,000 buildings in the archipelago’s former capital, Lahaina. Of the 101 confirmed victims, only four have been identified. The process of recognizing the bodies has begun in the last few hours and is expected to be quite slow. Currently, 13 victims have had DNA profiles drawn, while 41 samples are DNA samples given to authorities by the relatives of the missing. The budget is only partial. “In the next 10 days, that number could double,” Hawaii Governor Josh Green said in an interview with CNN. “I don’t want to make predictions because right now our people are working hard,” he said. According to this New York Times It may take weeks or even months to understand the true balance of tragedy. And give a name to everyone who lost their lives.

Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden has announced that he will be traveling to Maui soon to visit places devastated by the fires. Biden announced that he has not yet gone to the scene in order not to disrupt the rescue efforts in the region. “My wife Jill and I are going to Hawaii as soon as possible, I talked to the governor about it,” he said after a phone call with Josh Green. “I don’t want to get in my way, I’ve been to too many disaster areas, but I want to go and make sure we have everything they need,” the US president said. “I want to make sure I don’t interrupt ongoing recovery efforts.”

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Source: Today IT