The wildfires that swept through parts of Maui last week are now the deadliest in modern U.S. history, killing more than 100 people and leaving behind a path of destruction that will require billions of dollars in recovery efforts. As crews search for hundreds of missing people, the death toll is rising day by day and a housing crisis is unfolding for survivors. Fanned by strong winds from a hurricane, the fires decimated homes and businesses and devastated the historic town of Lahaina. Thousands of people were forced to evacuate, creating harrowing scenes as people were stuck in traffic and jumped into the ocean to escape the flames.
The fires, which began Aug. 7 and 8, have burned parts of Maui and the island of Hawaii, also called the Big Island. In West Maui, the town of Lahaina was devastated, block after block reduced to smoldering ruins. The fire caused billions of dollars in damage and burned nearly 3,000 structures, state officials have said. It created an immediate housing shortage around Lahaina and raised concerns about long-term displacement.
The burning probably left behind toxins that could have long-term environmental effects on the state’s waters, corals, plants and wildlife, said officials, who closed public access to Lahaina.
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RIGHT NOW, WE ARE WORKING WITH KINGS CATHEDRAL MAUI CHURCH, SENDING CONTAINERS OF DISASTER RELIEF SUPPLIES TO THE ISLAND. WE WILL BE DEPLOYING TEAMS IN THE NEAR FUTURE, TO HELP WITH RELIEF AID, DISTRIBUTIONS, AND HELPING FAMILIES RECOVER, ONCE FAMILIES ARE ALLOWED BACK INTO THE AREA.
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