Maui emergency management agency head resigns over 'health reasons'
Updated 11:11, 18-Aug-2023

The head of the emergency management agency of the wildfire-devastated Maui, Herman Andaya, has resigned, citing health reasons. Maui County Mayor Richard Bissen made the announcement in a news release on Thursday.

Herman Andaya was criticized by local residents and media over the island's response to the deadly wildfires that killed at least 111 people.

"Given the gravity of the crisis we are facing, my team and I will be placing someone in this key position as quickly as possible and I look forward to making that announcement soon," Bissen said.

(Cover: Burned buildings in the aftermath of the Maui wildfires in Lahaina, Hawaii, August 16, 2023. /CFP )

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