Watch CBS News

Biden to visit Maui on Monday as wildfire recovery efforts continue

Maui survivors share stories of grief, hope
As Maui wildfire survivors struggle to get aid, community comes together 03:25

Washington — President Biden will travel to Maui on Monday to survey recovery efforts as the island manages the fallout from wildfires that ravaged entire communities and killed more than 100 people.

The president will meet with first responders, survivors and federal, state and local officials during the visit, the White House said. 

"The president continues to marshal a whole-of-government response to the deadly Maui fires, and he has committed to delivering everything that the people of Hawaii need from the federal government as they recover from this disaster," White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement.

At least 106 people have been confirmed dead in the blaze that destroyed most of the historic port town of Lahaina — one of several fires that broke out in Maui on Aug. 8 — but hundreds more remain missing.

Supplies are deliverd to Lahaina
Lahaina, Maui on Aug. 14, 2023. The Keawe business center lies in ruins days after a fierce wildfire destroyed much of Lahaina's business district.  Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Mr. Biden said Tuesday that he was speaking with Hawaii Gov. Josh Green about visiting the island as soon as possible, and vowed the full support of the federal government in responding to the disaster.

"Every asset they need will be there for them," Mr. Biden said. "And we'll be there in Maui as long as it takes."

The president expressed Tuesday that he wanted to visit as soon as possible, but didn't want to "get in the way." 

The Bidens are scheduled to head to Lake Tahoe for vacation at the end of this week.

View CBS News In
CBS News App Open
Chrome Safari Continue
Be the first to know
Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting.