Honolulu: At least six people were killed by devastating hurricane-driven wildfires in Hawaii’s Maui Island, which also led to the destruction of the historic town of Lahaina, authorities said.
In a statement late Wednesday, Maui County Mayor Richard Bissen confirmed the fatalities and added that search efforts are underway to determine if there were more victims or trapped people, reports Xinhua news agency.
More than 2,100 people stayed at four shelters in Maui overnight, according to the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency.
The agency said firefighters were able to deploy helicopters Wednesday morning to assist ground forces with fire containment. Local news outlet Hawaii News Now reported that the wildfires are active and out of control, which means a full picture of the devastation hasn’t yet come into view.