At least 55 people have died as a result of an active forest fire that has particularly affected Lahaina on the island of Maui, Hawaii.
The Maui County office detailed that the Lahaina fire was 80 percent contained, while the Pulehu fire in the Kihei area was 70 percent contained.
The fire has been labeled the “largest natural disaster” in the state’s history by authorities.
John Pelletier, Chief of Police of Maui County, stated in a press conference that the number of fatalities is increasing and the final count will be “tragic and horrific.”
Authorities reported that it’s impossible to determine the exact number of missing individuals due to the lack of electricity, internet, and radio coverage.
Meanwhile, airlines have offered discounted flights to facilitate the departure of stranded tourists.