Lahaina wildfire death toll rises to 100 after woman dies from injuries

  • Source: Hawaii Public Radio
  • Published: 11/17/2023 12:00 AM

The death toll from the wildfire that devastated the historic Maui town of Lahaina has risen to 100 after a 78-year-old woman injured in the disaster died in September, officials said Tuesday. Sharlene Rabang was among those who had been flown to O'ahu after the Aug. 8 wildfire, the deadliest U.S. wildfire in more than a century, Maui police spokesperson Alana Pico said in an email. Rabang died Sept. 4, said Honolulu Medical Examiner Dr. Masahiko Kobayashi. His office previously provided an incorrect date. Authorities have identified most victims in a process that has proved long and complicated. Forensic experts and cadaver dogs sifted through ash searching for bodies that were possibly cremated, and authorities collected DNA samples from victims’ family members.


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