Hawaii Maui fire claims 53 lives, historic town of Lahaina devastated

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The death toll from the fast-moving wildfire on Hawaii’s Maui island has risen to 53.

The blaze, which nearly destroyed the historic town of Lahaina, was said to be 80% contained earlier in the day.

President Biden has approved a disaster declaration amid fears that the death toll could rise further.

Emergency teams are searching areas impacted by fires after at least 36 people were killed.

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