Four more people were confirmed killed in the Lahaina wildfire on the Hawaiian island of Maui on Wednesday, bringing the death toll to 110.
Hawaii Gov. Josh Green announced the new figure at a news conference Wednesday, eight days after the fiery blaze ravaged the island.
“We are a little more heartbroken because I have to report that more of our loved ones are deceased,” Green said. “110 individuals have been confirmed deceased.”
“Know that our hearts are with every family,” Green added.
Officials said that 35 autopsies have been completed so far and seven people have been identified — five by fingerprints and two by DNA.
Maui County has released the identities of two people killed in the blaze, Lahaina residents Robert Dyckman, 74, and Buddy Jantoc, 79.
More than 3,000 people have registered for federal assistance, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and that number was expected to grow.
FEMA was providing $700 to displaced residents to cover the cost of food, water, first aid and medical supplies, in addition to qualifying coverage for the loss of homes and personal property.
FEMA also opened its first disaster recovery center Wednesday in Maui, according to the Associated Press.
Also on Wednesday, the White House announced that President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden would visit early next week to meet with wildfire victims, first responders and officials.
“The suffering experienced as a result of the fires on Maui is a tragic blow to our state and the people of Hawaiʻi,” Green said in an Instagram post, announcing the visit. “However, we have been uplifted by the outpouring of support we have received from across our communities, across the nation, and throughout the world.”