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Locals estimate that there have been at least 480 deaths in Maui wildfires

BY Shahzad Saeed Aug 19, 2023. 08:10 pm

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After a devastating fire tore through Lahaina, Maui, a picturesque Hawaiian island renowned for its beauty, was engulfed in tragedy. Locals claim that there were actually 480 lives lost, far more than the official death toll of 111, according to a report in the Daily Mail. This striking contrast has prompted inquiries regarding the veracity of the information being disseminated, the urgency of recovery efforts, and the devastating impact on families left to deal with the aftermath.

According to reports, morgues are struggling to handle the sheer number of deaths, and the unprecedented scope of the disaster has reportedly caused body bags to run out. As the search and recovery operation appears to be moving along at a slow pace, some families have been left with the harrowing task of locating and identifying the remains of their loved ones.

Recovery efforts, according to Maui resident Allisen Medina, who has been helping those in need, are behind schedule. She expressed her dissatisfaction with what she perceived to be inadequate responses from authorities, government agencies, and relief organizations exclusively to DailyMail.com. Locals believe that not enough has been done to meet their pressing needs, and Medina insists that they have taken matters into their own hands.

The healing process has been characterized by somber loss stories and grim revelations. Medina relates the tragic story of a friend who tragically lost several family members, including young children, in the fire. Authorities are requesting DNA samples from the families of the missing because reports indicate that some remains may have become unrecognizable due to the intense heat of the fire.

The disparity in numbers between official statistics and the local estimate paints a worrying picture of poor management and communication. Locals criticize perceived inefficiencies in aid distribution and bureaucratic red tape, questioning the response from organizations like FEMA and the American Red Cross.

Maui’s residents are hoping that the overwhelming support from around the world will translate into ongoing support throughout the arduous journey ahead as the island struggles with the enormous task of recovery.

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