The names of the victims of the Maui fire were not released by officials, but by a local woman helps with a list in the search for missing persons while rescue operations are underway after wildfires wreaked havoc in Hawaii.
At least 67 people have been pronounced dead, with authorities fearing a surge in the death toll after one of the worst wildfires that reportedly broke out last week burned nearly all of the historic town of Lahaina and badly affected other parts of the Maui island Hawaii.
A Maui woman makes a list to find missing people after a wildfire
A local resident has compiled a list of about 1,200 names to mark people found after the Maui fire who are still missing.
The list was shown in the news program of KHON2 and can also be found on the channel’s official website. The woman behind the list hopes she will bring peace to families desperate to find their loved ones, as finding information amidst disrupted communications has become a chore.
In the list, you can mark someone as Found or Not Found. You can also leave a comment to suggest names to add to the list.
Those accessing the list are asked not to delete names so friends and family will know if and when anyone is found.
The list is managed by the administrator to ensure that no information in the list is accidentally deleted. The various sections on it show the missing person’s first and last name, as well as their location and status – found or not found.
The names of the victims were not released by officials
The names of the people pronounced dead in the Maui fire have not been officially released by authorities. Hawaii Gov. Josh Green said in a news conference that the death toll is expected to rise “significantly” in the coming days.
The charred bodies of the victims are still being recovered from the water. reports The Daily Mail reported that many jumped into the sea to save themselves from the wildfires.
Meanwhile, locals have reported sighting the remains of the victims on the seawall while bodies continue to be recovered from the sea.
According to reports, over 14,000 people were evacuated while 2,000 were displaced and had no place to sleep. Locals noted that many found temporary accommodation in vehicles with their families and pets.
The wildfires are predicted to have been caused by Hurricane Dora’s fierce winds, fueled by drought-like conditions after a summer of high temperatures.
How to help the people of Hawaii
Hawaiians are in dire need of help as the wildfire consumed most of the resources, leaving people stranded in hotels and emergency shelters while fuel and food become scarce.
Due to the damage caused by the natural disaster, it was a challenge to commute between different regions and establish communications for updates.
As such, some nonprofit organizations are working to reach out to affected communities and provide them with essentials. You can help those affected by the Maui fire through the organizations listed below.
A Maui woman’s 1,200-name list helps search for missing people as deadly wildfires claimed lives in Hawaii. She first appeared on HITC.