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Biden expands US aid for Hawaii as wildfires grip Maui

Published Aug 10, 2023 01:34PM ET Updated Aug 10, 2023 03:16PM ET
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© Reuters. An aerial view shows smoke as wildfires ravage the island in Maui, Hawaii, August 9, 2023. County of Maui/Handout via REUTERS

By Nandita Bose

SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) -President Joe Biden on Thursday expanded federal aid to Hawaii and promised help to its suffering citizens as deadly wildfires engulfed the island of Maui, and he expressed condolences for the devastation in a call with the state's governor.

Biden approved a disaster declaration for Hawaii aimed at spurring resources to allow the island to rebuild, the White House said in a statement after the fire killed at least 36 people as it swept through a historic resort town.

"Anyone who's lost a loved one, whose home has been damaged or destroyed, is going to get help immediately," Biden said during remarks in Utah, where he is traveling.

Biden said "we're working as quickly as possible" to fight the fires and evacuate residents and tourists.

"Our prayers are with the people of Hawaii, but not just our prayers. Every asset we have will be available to them," he said.

The White House said the order would make federal funding available to affected people in Maui County.

In a call with Hawaii Governor Josh Green, Biden "expressed his deep condolences for the lives lost and vast destruction of land and property," the White House added.

The declaration will allow affected individuals to apply for grants for temporary housing and home repairs, and allow business owners to apply for programs to recover from the disaster, according to the White House.

Those grants come in addition to current emergency assistance by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the National Guard, the U.S. Coast Guard and other federal agencies, it added.

Biden expands US aid for Hawaii as wildfires grip Maui
 

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Brian McCartt
Brian McCartt Aug 11, 2023 12:01PM ET
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So let me get this right. We give millions to help Hawaii but billions to Ukraine?
dylan mulvaney
dylan mulvaney Aug 10, 2023 3:27PM ET
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Bill Gates and Obama are so scared of climate change that they live on beach front properties and fly private jets everywhere.
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dylan mulvaney Aug 10, 2023 3:26PM ET
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AC is right, all the climate change alarmists like Bill Gates and Obama are so scared of climate change and sea levels rising that they own multi-million dollars beach front properties and fly private jets.
Ac Tektrader
Ac Tektrader Aug 10, 2023 3:02PM ET
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it's already too late to save the Hawaiian islands, the Gulf Coast, Texas and the southwest. this is the new normal ,,,.the 3 degrees limit on climate change was hit for a week this summer this is what it will look like a, when this temperature gain is permanent...from here unless there's an All out effort to manage what is coming it's over. this is going to cost trillion of dollars just to manage any kind of economic survival for America. be sure and thank the Republicans for their global warming denial starting with REAGAN, BUSH and TRUMP...,
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dylan mulvaney Aug 10, 2023 1:52PM ET
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If MSM were honest, they would report that 98% of forest fires in Hawaii are the result of people starting fires, not natural wildfires. This information is easily found on Hawaii's government website.
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dylan mulvaney Aug 10, 2023 1:40PM ET
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The Biden regime only has one solution for everything, toss taxpayer money at it while giving "10% to the big guy".
 
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