California Wildfire Live Updates: Death toll rises to 77, search on for 993 missing: The California wildfire has become the biggest forest wildfire ever seen in the history of United State. Earlier the causalities were few but now the fatality count is on the peak. 130 people are reported missing after the fire devastated the town of paradise. The reports of the missing people have been filed by their loved ones.
Dead, number of missing rise in wildfire-ravaged California town
According to the reports, most of the people missing are above the age of 65. The death toll has climbed up to 56. More than 9,000 buildings and homes have been burned down to ashes in and around the town of paradise. Most of the people who somehow survived became the victim of Norovirus, a highly contagious gastrointestinal illness. As the names of the missing were announced, more crews joined the search. Kory Honea, Sheriff of Butte County said, “We want to be able to cover as much ground as quickly as we possibly can. This is a very difficult task.”
The area covered in ash and debris, which was seen by some official authorities, completely shook them. Governor Jerry Brown after visiting the devastated and burnt area said, “It looks like a war zone. It is a war zone.” Brown also said that the climate alteration was the superior cause of the wildfire.
Brock Long, Head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency told reporters in Chico that, “This is one of the worst disaster I’ve seen in my career, hands down.”
More than $1.1 Million has been raised by the fundraisers for the wildfire victims. Fire-fighters have made progress battling the ‘Woolsey fire’ passing the 50 percent containment mark.
Trump on Tuesday said, “We mourn the lives of those lost, and we pray for the victims, and there are more victims than anybody would ever even think possible,” during the Diwali Ceremony at the White House. He called the wildfire “Devastating” and “The likes of which we’ve never seen before”. On Saturday, he blamed the forest management for the fire. He tweeted, “no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor.”
Ryan Zinke, U.S. Interior Secretary said it is not the time to point fingers as he was visiting the aftermath of the ‘Camp Fire’. There’s a lot of reasons for a fire,” he said. “Now is really not the time to point fingers.”
On Tuesday actor Liam Hemsworth, starred in ‘The Hunger Games’ posted a picture of the leftovers of his Malibu house on Twitter. His tweet said, “It’s been a heartbreaking few days. This is what’s left of my house. Love. Many people in Malibu and surrounding areas in California have lost their homes also and my heart goes out to everyone who was affected by these fires.”