Authorities in the United States continue to identify victims of the Hawaii wildfires that have claimed hundreds of lives, and as the bodies are recognized, most share a common pattern: it’s you, Adults over 65, who were unable to escape the fire.
Although efforts to identify victims are slow, the pattern is expected to repeat over the coming weeks and months, and the pattern is expected to repeat in the coming weeks and months as elderly people are often most vulnerable to rapid deaths fires are affected.
There are currently 111 recognized bodies, But more than a hundred are still missing, and rescue teams continue to work on the ground to find more victims.
According to the US Fire Administration, people ages 65 and older have the highest relative risk of dying in a fire. In addition, the risk is 2.6 times higher than in the general population. An investigation
Researchers from the National Institute of Standardization and Technology and the Fire Administration attribute this trend to the greater fragility and difficulty of escaping this population.
Lahaina, a city consumed by flames
The fast-spreading Maui fire, fueled by wind gusts up to 80 mph, spread at full speed, hurtling along an extinct volcano to the town of Lahaina on August 8.
During the fire, The blazes destroyed or damaged more than 2,200 buildings and caused $5.5 billion in damage.
As the firestorm raged around them, many people ran through the smoke and flames, hoping to find safety. Some jumped into the sea and were rescued by lifeguards; others fell victim to the flames and helped people escape.