Jeff Bezos Pledges $100 Million For Hawaii Fire Recovery
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (IANS) – Jeff Bezos, the billionaire founder of Amazon, and his partner Lauren Sanchez are giving a remarkable $100 million fund aimed at aiding the recovery endeavors following the devastating wildfires that have ravaged Maui, Hawaii.
Sanchez articulated their initiative, stating that they have initiated the creation of a “Maui Fund” and pledged $100 million to expedite the recovery process for Maui. Their dedication extends not just to immediate relief efforts, but also to the sustained rebuilding over the upcoming years, as the evolving necessities come to light.
Sanchez expressed, “Jeff and I are heartbroken by what’s happening in Maui. We are thinking of all the families that have lost so much and a community that has been left devastated.” She emphasized that both immediate and long-term rehabilitation is of paramount importance, even when the initial outpouring of attention wanes.
Sources indicate that Bezos procured a lavish 14-acre estate on La Perouse Bay at an approximate cost of $78 million last year. Significantly, the bay’s proximity, less than 20 miles south, positions it in close vicinity to the fires that have engulfed South Maui.
Amidst these developments, West Maui, encompassing the town of Lahaina, continues to grapple with the absence of basic utilities such as power and water. The pursuit to locate victims of the wildfire catastrophe persists, with search teams actively engaged in the affected areas.
The ferocity of the wildfires led to the obliteration of more than 1,000 structures in Lahaina, a coastal town celebrated for its rich history and a magnet for approximately two million annual tourists.
These wildfires, which ignited across Maui and the Big Island, have left authorities still puzzling over their origin. Fueled by hurricane winds and dry conditions, these blazes escalated rapidly, leaving devastation in their wake.