11 August 2023
55 people have died so far in a terrible fire in Maui County the state of American Hawaii.
Firefighters are still attempting to put out the fire while hundreds more people are still missing.
Governor Jose Green described the day as a “heartbreaking day” as at least 1,700 homes in the state’s historic town of Lahaina were destroyed, and thousands were displaced.
He said that 80 percent of the city’s area has been destroyed by the fire.
The fire started last Tuesday and was later spread widely by strong winds generated by Hurricane Dora.
After that, the authorities evacuated about 14 thousand tourists from there
However, because of the failure of the electrical and internet connection networks, the authorities have not yet located many individuals. Residents of Lahaina who survived the blaze said there were no warning signs to warn them as the wildfire approached their American Hawaii homes.
According to city authorities, the calamity has left nearly 11,000 residents on Maui without electricity.
Richard Bysen, the mayor of Maui County, issued a warning to people sleeping in shelters after fleeing their houses not to go back home right away.
The immense devastation brought on by the flames, according to Maui’s authorities, would require years and hundreds of billions of dollars to repair. Governor Green said this is possibly the largest natural disaster in the history of the state of American Hawaii.
However, Governor Jose Green said that housing must be constructed for the thousands of individuals who have already been relocated.
For them, hotels have initially sought 2000 rooms.
Besides, he requested that people in the areas where people are still able to live to shelter the homeless in the spare rooms of their houses.
“This is the largest natural disaster in the history of the state of American Hawaii.
The death toll is still rising. He stated during a news conference that hundreds of homes had been damaged.
He predicted that rebuilding Lahaina would take years. The fire is mostly concentrated in this city.
“You’ll be amazed at the devastation in Lahaina. All buildings have to be rebuilt. It will be a new Lahaina”.
Mr. A’s video released by Green shows the house engulfed in flames.
Meanwhile, the local coast guard said they had rescued seventeen people off the coastal town of Lahaina. Morocco, a nation in North Africa, has also been given a severe heat warning.
Japan and China also experienced excessive temperatures in certain areas.
He estimated that it would take years to reconstruct Lahaina. This city is where the fire is largely focused.
Police Chief John Petellier, however, said that does not mean these people are dead.
He claimed that because there is now no internet or electricity on the entire island, it is getting harder to locate individuals.
Meanwhile, the Maui Forestry Department said hundreds of acres of forest have burned since Tuesday in multiple wildfires.
Small fires are burning in many places. “Conditions are still dangerous,” Maui Forestry Chief Brad Ventura said, advising people to stay out of the “fire zone.”
Severe heat waves in many countries of the world
A severe heat wave is now sweeping across North America and Europe. From the United States to China and Japan, the extreme heat has disrupted life in many countries of the Northern Hemisphere. Experts are calling this heatwave ‘unprecedented’.
The month of June this year was the hottest ever recorded since global temperature records began.
One of the worst conditions due to extreme heat is in the southern Mediterranean region of Europe. Currently, continental Europe’s temperatures are quite close to records.
Alerts have been issued across Italy. At least 500 people have been evacuated after a wildfire broke out on the island of La Palma in Spain.
On Friday, the mercury in Greece reached the 40s or higher. Due to the intense heat during the busiest travel season, one of Athens’ most well-known tourist destinations, the Acropolis, is closed.
Several tourists in Italy and Greece suffered from heatstroke and fainted due to the heat. One person died in northern Italy. People are advised to drink at least two liters of water a day and avoid alcohol and coffee – as these dehydrate the body.
Morocco, a nation in North Africa, has also been given a severe heat warning. Japan and China also experienced excessive temperatures in certain areas.
Morocco, a nation in North Africa, has also been given a severe heat warning.
Japan and China also experienced excessive temperatures in certain areas
Extreme heat wave in the United States
A severe heatwave is sweeping across the United States. From Washington State in the northwest to Florida, Texas, and California – everywhere has been extremely hot.
Temperatures are forecast to top 46 degrees during the day on Saturday, and the heatwave is said to continue into next week.
Especially in the southwestern states, the heat has been the worst.
Temperatures in Phoenix have soared to 43 degrees Celsius or more for the past two weeks. On Friday, July 14th, the temperature was 46 degrees in Phoenix, 45 degrees in Las Vegas, and 51 degrees Celsius in Death Valley.
Because of climate change?
The global average temperature last week was 17.23 degrees Celsius – a new all-time record high.
Scientists say the cause of this rise in temperature is climate change and the natural weather cycle called ‘El Niño’. This El Nino occurs once every three to seven years – when temperatures rise.
Scientists say that climate change is causing unusual weather patterns across the globe and abnormal heat or cold, rainfall, floods, storms, floods, cyclones, wildfires – etc. may become regular occurrences.
Earth’s temperature has risen by about 1.1 degrees since the start of the industrial age and will continue to rise unless governments make big cuts in carbon emissions.