On Friday, 385 people were listed as missing from the Maui wildfire, almost exactly the same number as a week earlier.
The Maui Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation stated in a press release that 245 people on the list of 388 who had been made public the week prior had been discovered and taken out. But almost as many brand-new names were also added.
The new tally was a shocking divergence from what was anticipated; Gov. Josh Green had predicted the number would be lower than 100 the day before.
Green added in a video that was shared on social media, “We think the number has dropped down into the double digits, so thank God.” The governor said that the numbers of dead and missing are frequently variable in mass casualty incidents until investigations are finished after Maui police issued the latest list.
“Exact numbers are going to take time, perhaps a long time, to become finalized,” Green said in a statement made available through a spokeswoman.
FBI’s Selective Disclosure
He said there were less than 50 “active missing person cases” without going into any detail, but he implied that these were situations involving individuals for whom more information than was necessary to be included on the FBI’s list of the missing was supplied.
It simply needs a person with a confirmed phone number to supply their first and last name.
The worst wildfire in the United States in more than a century, according to authorities, killed at least 115 people as it tore through Lahaina. 50 people’s names have so far been made publicly available, while five more have had their identities concealed since their next of kin haven’t been contacted.
The identities of the others are unknown. On August 8, the flames reduced the gorgeous beach resort to ashes in a matter of hours. The village was torn apart by wind gusts that reached 60 mph, which further accelerated the spread of the fires.
Lahaina, the historical capital of the Hawaiian monarchy and the longtime residence of powerful chiefs, has a significant place in Hawaiian history. The village has gained popularity among tourists in recent years, who dine at its eateries along the seaside and take in the beautiful 150-year-old banyan tree.
Currently, half of the town’s 12,000 inhabitants dwell in hotels and short-term rental properties. A 5-square-mile fire zone has been left with hazardous material, and the Environmental Protection Agency is in charge of cleaning it up.
Source: CBS News