Hawaii wildfires cause destruction, death toll rises in Maui, Lahaina

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Deadly wildfires have ravaged the Hawaiian resort town of Lahaina and Maui leading to extensive destruction and sparking concerns about climate change’s role.

The death toll in Maui has tragically climbed to 80, as confirmed by officials on Friday night. Firefighters are tirelessly working to put out flare-ups and control the fires that have affected the town of Lahaina.

The fires, fuelled by hurricane winds and dry conditions, have claimed several lives, forced  evacuations, some even jumped into oceans to save themselves from fire. What is left is a barren land that will take years and billions to redevelop.

As efforts to contain the fires continue, the catastrophe underscores the urgent need for climate action and measures in the face of extreme weather events.

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