The death toll in the wildfires on the Hawaiian island of Maui has risen to 99.
As of noon local time on Thursday, the death toll from the wildfires has risen to 99, and 2,207 buildings have been destroyed or damaged, according to Maui County officials.
The wildfires have been raging for seven days in two locations on the island of Maui.
The fires broke out on Aug. 8 in the Kula-Upcountry area of central Maui, Lahaina on the west coast, and Pulehu-Kihei on the central coast, of which the Pulehu-Kihei wildfire was 100 percent contained, authorities said as of 9:45 p.m. on Aug. 13.
The other two fires are about 60 percent contained in the Kula-Upcountry area and 85 percent contained in the Lahaina area.
The Maui Fire Department also cautioned that the Pulehu-Kihei wildfire, which is 100 percent contained, does not mean it is fully contained, noting that “firefighters have completely surrounded the fire, which means flames could still be burning inside.”
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) put the number of people displaced in Lahaina at 4,500.
As of 10 a.m. on Thursday, 4,498 homes on Maui were still without power.
Residents near the affected areas have been largely isolated, with major in-and-out roads blocked, and are relying on outside assistance, but supplies are also reportedly in very short supply.
“Supplies seem like a lot at first, but then they disappear,” Alverna Leon, a resident of Kaanapali, 카지노사이트킴 which borders Lahaina, told NBC, adding, “We need doctors and medicine (to care for patients).”