(TheRedWire.com) – In light of the severe wildfires in Maui, President Biden, and Vice President Kamala Harris have decided not to visit the region. They aim to avoid diverting essential resources and attention from rescue operations. As Harris explained to the media before departing for Chicago, their priority is to ensure the first responders can focus solely on the affected individuals without the additional responsibility of accommodating them.
She emphasized the federal government’s commitment to providing support for recovery efforts. She mentioned their profound concern regarding the destructive fire, which has claimed at least 55 lives and ravaged a historic district.
Earlier in the week, Biden declared a federal disaster in the affected islands. Furthermore, aid in the form of food and water has been dispatched to sustain 5,000 individuals for five days.
Despite these efforts, the situation remains grim. Reports indicate that over 1,000 people are still missing. Maui County Mayor, Richard Bissen, remarked on a recent TODAY Show appearance that the death count may rise, as the present numbers only include those found outside buildings. Authorities eagerly await FEMA’s assistance in examining the remains of burnt structures.
The fires have left a wake of devastation, displacing thousands. Distressing footage reveals individuals, including families with young children, rushing into the sea as ash showers down. Rescue missions face hurdles due to widespread power and communication breakdowns.
Lauren Henrie, affiliated with Maui Rescue Mission, commented on the gravity of the situation, revealing that West Maui is currently inaccessible and devoid of power and communication. She predicts a lengthy recovery process spanning years.
While the President and Vice President have refrained from visiting the disaster site, notable personalities like Oprah Winfrey, who resides in Maui part-time, have been on the ground. She was recently seen volunteering at a relief center, providing supplies and solace to those impacted at the War Memorial Stadium in Wailuku.
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