Egypt condoles US over Hawaii fires

Ahram Online , Sunday 13 Aug 2023

Egypt has expressed its condolences to the United States over the fires that blazed across the state of Hawaii in recent days, announced the Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs on Sunday.

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Burned cars, destroyed buildings and homes are pictured in the aftermath of a wildfire in Lahaina, western Maui, Hawaii on August 11, 2023. AFP

 

“Egypt extends its sincere condolences and sympathies to the friendly government and people of the United States of America, as well as to the families of the victims,” said the statement.

The statement also wished a swift recovery to the injured.

The fires have resulted in the deaths of 89 people, with efforts to find and identify the deceased still ongoing, reported the Associated Press (AP).

Approximately 2,200 buildings, mostly residences, were destroyed, leaving as many as 4,500 people in need of shelter.

“It will certainly be the worst natural disaster that Hawaii ever faced,” Governor of Hawaii Josh Green declared.

The wildfires broke out on Tuesday and quickly engulfed Maui, Hawaii's second-largest island.

As of Sunday, the fires are now mostly under control, although efforts to fully extinguish them continue. 

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