Forest fires in Hawaii already leave 93 dead and are the deadliest in the last century in the US

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The governor of Hawaii has assured that the death toll will continue to rise. There are still several active outbreaks on the island and firefighters continue to work to extinguish fires.

The death toll from the Maui wildfires in Hawaii has reached 93, according to the Maui County website, making it the deadliest wildfire in the US.

The scale of the damage has become more apparent four days after a rapid fire tore through the historic resort town, destroying buildings and melting cars.

The cost to rebuild Lahaina is estimated at $5.5 billion, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), with more than 2,200 structures damaged or destroyed and more than 2,100 acres (850 hectares) burned.

"The death toll is going to continue to rise. We want to prepare people for that," Hawaii Governor Josh Green said in a video posted on his X (formerly Twitter) social network account.

A total of 1,418 people are in the six temporary shelters set up to care for those affected by the most serious natural tragedy that the US archipelago has experienced in its history, also according to official data.

Several wildfires ravage Hawaii
Several wildfires ravage Hawaii
Several wildfires ravage Hawaii

The strong drought that has affected the islands in recent months, as well as the strong winds from Hurricane Dora, have caused the flames to spread at a much higher speed, according to local authorities, also making extinguishing work difficult.

There are still several active pockets on the island and firefighters continue to work to extinguish fires in Lahaina, Pulehu/Kihei and Upcountry Maui.

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