Officials have been referring families with missing loved ones to Maui Emergency Management Agency, which has not released an official number of missing or list of the names. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has also declined to give any update on the number of people missing in the wildfire disaster. (ABC News)
After ten days of devastating fire in Maui the mayor, Richard Bissen couldn’t give an answer how many kids are missing.
Honestly what is going on in Maui?
Why is there no answers or accountability? pic.twitter.com/R0xjxVukMc
— I Meme Therefore I Am (@ImMeme0) August 20, 2023
As Maui death toll rises, number of missing remains unclear
One volunteer effort has more than 950 people listed as “not located.”
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Po’omaika’i Estores-Losano normally texts in a group chat with his family every day. But since the wildfires tore through Lahaina last week, his family hasn’t heard from the 28-year-old father of two.
“He would text us every day like, ‘Hope you have a good day,’” his sister, Jayna Barut, told “Good Morning America.” “After the second day, we got kind of worried because he would never not call or let us know, like, ‘Oh, by the way, I’m OK.”
PHOTO: Leona Castillo and Jayna Barut are worried about their family member, Po’omaika’i Estores-Losano, who has been missing since the fires in Lahaina, Hawaii.
Leona Castillo and Jayna Barut are worried about their family member, Po’omaika’i Estores-Losano, who has been missing since the fires in Lahaina, Hawaii.
His family has been calling hospitals and checking shelters as they wait for news or a text from Estores-Losano, who is among the many people missing more than a week after the fires in Maui.
The number of people who are missing or unaccounted for is challenging to track. Communication services have been lacking and thousands of people are displaced due to the fires. As the disaster zone continues to be searched, victims are slowly being identified — some with the help of DNA contributed by family members. At least 111 people have been confirmed dead in the fires — though only some identified — with about 58% of the area destroyed by wildfires in Maui searched as of late Thursday.
Officials have been referring families with missing loved ones to Maui Emergency Management Agency, which has not released an official number of missing or list of the names. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has also declined to give any update on the number of people missing in the wildfire disaster.
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Maui Police Chief John Pelletier said they are considering those who are missing “unaccounted for.”
“We’re going to get everybody that’s unaccounted for to the best of our ability accounted for,” he told reporters earlier this week. “But I can’t promise that we’re gonna get them all. And I don’t think that’s fair to ask that.”
PHOTO: Burned cars and homes are seen a neighborhood that was destroyed by a wildfire on Aug. 17, 2023, in Lahaina, Hawaii.
In the meantime, two groups of volunteers are working to track the missing.
One team of volunteers is behind the Maui Fires People Locator, a spreadsheet that is so widely used that a QR code for it is posted all over the island. The Google document has received so much traffic that the volunteers urge people to refrain from viewing it unless they are looking for a specific loved one.
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