Over 1,000 missing in Maui wildfires; 114 confirmed dead

Burned houses are seen adjacent of Maria Lanakila Catholic Church, on Waine Street, in the aftermath of a wildfire in Lahaina, western Maui, Hawaii, on August 11, 2023. A wildfire that left Lahaina in charred ruins has killed at least 99 people, authorities said, making it one of the deadliest disasters in the U.S. state's history. Brushfires on Maui, fueled by high winds from Hurricane Dora passing to the south of Hawaii, broke out August 8 and rapidly engulfed Lahaina. | PAULA RAMON/AFP via Getty Images

 By Michael Gryboski - Posted at The Christian Post:

Published August 21, 2023

More than 1,000 people are reportedly still missing in Maui due to the ongoing wildfires, with local officials recently placing the confirmed death toll at 114.

In comments given to CBS News’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday, Hawaii Gov. Josh Green estimated that at least 1,000 people were missing in Maui, with rescue operations ongoing.

“More than 1000 are unaccounted for, about 1050. It will take several weeks, still, some of the challenges are going to be extraordinary,” said Green, who noted that 85% of the impacted area had been covered.

“That last 15% could take weeks. We do have extreme concerns that because of the temperature of the fire, the remains of those who have died, in some cases, may be impossible to recover meaningfully.

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