Heartbreaking drone footage taken over the weekend revealed what was left of the historic town of Lahaina, which was ravaged by wildfires across the island of Hawaii. Maui,

When some residents returned to survey the destruction, all that was left of the gutted neighborhood were smoldering ruins.

Hawaii Governor Josh Green confirmed that the death toll from the Maui wildfires has risen to 106, but the number is expected to rise as searchers continue to search for at least 1,000 people who are still missing.

The grim figure makes the tragedy the deadliest wildfire in the US since 1918 and officials have said the actual number of casualties is unclear.

The fire was about 85 percent contained earlier this week, according to Maui County, after burning an estimated 2,170 acres.

Specialist sniffer dogs from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s urban search and rescue teams have now joined the frantic search for victims.

The dogs and their handlers have taken on the arduous task of searching the ruins to identify human remains.

Mr Green is asking family members of the missing in Maui to submit DNA tests to help identify the victims.

Scary drone footage shows historic town of Lahaina gutted after devastating wildfire

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Of the 106 victims found so far, only five have been identified. Due to many people suffering severe burns during the deadly wildfire, many remains are going unrecognized.

Mr Green said, “We are asking all our dear friends and family in the area who have any concerns to go to the Family Support Center and get tested so we can match people genetically.” Source With CNN’s Caitlin Collins.

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will visit Maui on Monday, Aug. 21, to meet with first responders, survivors and officials — nearly two weeks after devastating wildfires ravaged parts of the island.

Mr Biden declared the crisis a major disaster soon after the wildfires broke out and has sent military and federal aid to the islands. Despite this, some criticized the president for failing to schedule a trip to Hawaii and a weekend vacation.

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