100 people died in wildfires in Hawaii, Biden was criticized
The AFP news agency quoted the White House press release as saying that on August 21, Biden and his wife “will meet with first responders in the case.” forest firessurvivors, as well as federal and local officials” on Maui.
“The President continues to coordinate the government’s response to the deadly fires on Maui, and has pledged to provide everything the people of Hawaii need from the government to recover,” the press release read.
Hawaii Governor Josh Green has repeatedly warned that the damage from the wildfires has not stopped. Mr. Green urged Hawaiians to mentally prepare because the death toll could be 2-3 times the current figure of 106.
A wildfire occurred on August 8 in the city of Lahaina. On August 10, Biden declared a state of disaster in Hawaii. At that time, more than 50 people were confirmed dead.
According to the AFP news agency, the deputies of Republican Party criticized the way Biden reacted to the incident.
The President of the United States mentioned the disaster in Hawaii at the start of his speech on August 10 in Salt Lake City, Wyoming. Biden did not speak publicly as the death toll rose over the weekend.
On August 15, during a factory tour in Wisconsin, Biden rededicated the first part of his speech to Hawaii and assured people that they would be supported.
The White House said Biden directed the federal government to provide additional support for state and local recovery work in affected areas.
Affected individuals in Maui County will receive grants from the state government for temporary housing construction and home repairs.
The state government also provides low-cost loans to individuals and business owners to cover uninsured property losses.