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The aftermath of the wildfire reveals homes and structures along the waterfront reduced to ashes in western Maui, Hawaii.

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2 Filipinos killed in Maui wildfires, says DFA

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has confirmed the death of two Filipino individuals due to the wildfires in Lahaina on the island of Maui, Hawaii.

The recent casualty has been identified as Rodolfo Rocutan, a 76-year-old native of Ilocos.

“Maui County officials released yesterday, August 20, the identities of five more casualties of the August 8 wildfire in Lahaina. Among the five, the Philippine Consulate in Honolulu was able to verify that Rocutan, a resident of Lahaina, renewed his Philippine passport at the Consulate in 2022, and is thus confirmed to have been a Filipino citizen at the time of death,” DFA Undersecretary, Eduardo De Vega said.

“The Consulate has reached out to a relative of the late Mr. Rocutan to convey its deepest sympathies and offer the Philippine government’s support and assistance, including cremation and repatriation of remains as requested,” he added.

Rocutan’s granddaughter, Rhea, also confirmed this news in a Facebook post. “We are saddened to inform you that we received a confirmation that Papa Oppo/Rodolfo/Rudy Rocutan didn’t make it due to Lahaina Maui Wildfire,” she said.

The family is also seeking assistance for the repatriation of the OFW’s remains.

“I humbly ask for your help and support by donating here on GoFundMe for his funeral services and for his immediate family/our ohana in the Philippines. Big and small amounts will be much appreciated,” Rhea wrote. MFD/Expat Media


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