Governor Green announced that significant financial assistance will be provided to affected families and businesses as they begin to rebuild. He emphasized the importance of supporting Maui's economy and keeping people employed to ensure a faster healing process and the ability for residents to afford living on the island.
In addition to aiding individuals, the government is also committed to helping local businesses survive. A total of $25 million will be made available, with grants ranging from $10,000 to $20,000. This financial support aims to enable businesses to recover and contribute to the overall revival of the community.
The devastating fire, which started on August 8th in the hills above the historic oceanfront town, rapidly spread through residential homes, apartment buildings, and beloved establishments such as art galleries and restaurants. More than 2,000 structures were destroyed, and many residents sought refuge in the ocean to escape the flames. The estimated damage caused by the fire amounts to a staggering $5.5 billion.
As signs of progress continue to emerge in Lahaina, travel restrictions are set to be lifted on October 8th, allowing West Maui to reopen for visitors. This move will be crucial in reviving tourism, an essential part of the area's economy. With ongoing support, Lahaina can begin its journey towards recovery and restoration.
The Ongoing Search for Missing Persons in Maui
The Maui Police Department has released the names of 55 victims so far. Among the deceased, 22 were in their 70s, with an additional 13 in their 60s. Tragically, one victim was a child under the age of 10.
As the process of identifying remains continues, there is expected to be a significant overlap between the names on the missing list and those already recovered. Therefore, it is unlikely that the death toll will rise substantially.
Dr. Green, an official involved in the investigation, stated, "We're starting to see that the total number of fatalities is around 115. There may be a few more as we proceed over the next month."
In addition to the 66 individuals listed as missing by the FBI, the Maui Police Department is currently evaluating an extra 80 names of potentially missing persons. For these cases, either no information was provided by the reporting party or the reporting party was unavailable to provide further details.