The last confirmed victim of the Maui wildfires has been identified


More than five months after a wind-fueled wildfire swept through the coastal city of Lahaina on Maui, officials have identified the last of 100 confirmed victims.

Lydia Coloma, 70, of Lahaina has been identified, and her next of kin, Maui County and Maui Police Department have been notified. He said in a statement Friday.

The province and police said it was the 100th confirmed death and there were 100 estimated deaths.

More people have not been confirmed dead but their families have not been notified or found following the Maui wildfire disaster that occurred in August, the statement said.

It was Coloma On the list Police said the people were reported missing or missing after the fire. Three people remain on that list.

“Our priority is to handle this situation with the utmost sensitivity and respect for those who are grieving,” the county administration and police said in the statement.

The fires that broke out on August 8 on the island of Maui, occurred The wind was blowing about 60 miles per hourIt is one of the deadliest fires in US history.

Most parts of the town of Lahaina, which was inhabited by more than 12,000 people before the disaster, were destroyed. It was destroyedDr Many people were displaced. Other parts of the island were also affected.

The government said it was still a difficult time after the fires.

“We will continue to work closely with families to ensure they are updated and supported throughout this process,” the county administration and police said.

In times of fires, Strong easterly trade winds blew Due to Hurricane Dora, which was 400 miles south of Maui but was strong enough to cause weather that affected the island.

A phenomenon known as downslope winds caused the winds to be extremely dry and extremely hot due to pressure as they descended from the mountains.

After the disaster, there was criticism about what happened The tsunami warning sirens, which were primarily intended for the tsunami, did not sound In the District of Lahaina, against Hawaii Electric Company, Which the county later filed. Utility company He said the lines were deactivated Hours before the fire broke out.

The cause of the fire has not been determined.

The aftermath of a wildfire in Lahaina, Hawaii on August 21.  (Jae C. Hong/AP)

The aftermath of a wildfire in Lahaina, Hawaii on August 21. (Jae C. Hong/AP)

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