A total of 850 people are STILL missing in Maui’s doomsday fires, officials confirm
- Maui Mayor Richard Bissen gave an update on a video posted on Facebook
- President Biden is due to visit the island on Monday
As many as 850 people are still missing and 114 have died after apocalyptic wildfires in Maui as President Joe Biden is due to visit Hawaii on Monday.
Maui County Mayor Richard Bissen gave an update on a video posted to Facebook, which he used to send a message of hope about those still missing while reminding the public that the death toll should increase.
“It is my sad duty to report that 114 people have been confirmed sick,” the mayor said in a video posted to Facebook. “There are currently 850 names on the missing persons list.”
“We are both saddened and relieved by these numbers,” Bissen said.
“There is positive news in this issue, because when this process began, the list of missing persons contained over 2,000 names.”
Bissen pointed out that the initial number of people whose deaths were initially feared was over 2,000, but had decreased once cellphone communications were restored.
Recovery crews can be seen sifting through burnt debris throughout Lahaina
The mayor’s update comes as Biden is set to visit the devastated island following criticism that it took him too long to do so.
Biden’s trip follows a period of public silence where he was criticized for his “no comment” while spending time at his Delaware beach house.
Biden will visit those who lost their homes and loved ones during the disaster and will be briefed by public officials. The White House said it continued to receive briefings over the weekend, after Biden issued a series of public statements about the disaster following his initial stumbles.
He will be accompanied by first lady Jill Biden.