Death toll from U.S. Hawaii wildfire rises to 89
Updated 11:37, 13-Aug-2023

The death toll from wildfires burning in the U.S. state of Hawaii has jumped to 89, making it the deadliest U.S. wildfire in more than 100 years, the state's governor Josh Green said on Saturday.

Over 2,200 structures were damaged or destroyed as the fire tore through Lahaina, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said, wreaking $5.5 billion in damage and leaving thousands homeless. 

Hawaiian authorities said they were opening a probe into the handling of the inferno as a congresswoman from the state acknowledged that officials had underestimated the danger, and as residents said there had been no warnings.

(With input from AFP)

(Cover: Wildfire damage is shown in Hawaii, U.S., August 12, 2023. /CFP)

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