The death toll in fires in Maui, Hawaii, climbed to 93, local authorities said Saturday, marking the deadliest wildfire in the United States in over a century.

At least 2,207 structures have been damaged or destroyed and 2,170 acres have been burned by the blaze that started Tuesday on the island, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency's damage assessment as of Friday.

Firefighters continued to battle flare-ups in the historic town of Lahaina and in Upcountry Maui, while the fire in Pulehu has been fully contained, the county government of Maui said.

Governor of Hawaii Josh Green (L) and Maui County Mayor Richard Bissen, Jr., speak during a tour of wildfire damage on, Aug. 12, 2023, in Lahaina, Hawaii. (AP/Kyodo)

FEMA said an estimated $5.52 billion will be needed to rebuild affected areas of Lahaina, where most impacted buildings were residential.

The disaster is the deadliest wildfire in the United States since 1918 when a blaze killed hundreds in Minnesota, according to U.S. media reports.

Some 1,000 people were still unaccounted for, U.S. media have reported, while Japan's consulate general in Honolulu said it was trying to confirm the safety of several hundred Japanese nationals living in Maui.


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