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Dwayne Johnson heartbroken by Hawaii wildfires as death toll continues to rise

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson says he is “completely heartbroken” by the devastating wildfires in Hawaii. The actor, 51, spoke out about the deadly wildfires — which have killed over 90 people as of Monday morning — in a video shared on Instagram Sunday.

“I’m completely heartbroken over this, and I know that all of you are too,” Johnson said in the clip. “Everything that I’ve seen transpire over these past couple of days, everything that continues to transpire, hour-by-hour, minute-by-minute, it’s all heartbreaking.”

“Thank you guys around the world for all of your love and your support and your light, your prayers. Thank you for sending them to the islands of Hawaii, the people of Hawaii,” he continued.

Johnson then urged those who wish to donate to Hawaii to do so by clicking a link to his website in his bio on the page. “I have been speaking with organizations on the ground, we have boots on the ground, and I will continue to get as much information as possible. There’s so many needs,” he explained.

The Black Adam star, who once resided in Hawaii, also wrote in his caption that the people of Maui’s faith is “strong,” and shared his appreciation for first responders, health care teams, hotels and local businesses who have given aid following the fires, labeling them as “our local heroes.”

He also tagged the Instagram of the nonprofit organization Hawaii Community Foundation, which has set up the Maui Fund with the aim to provide resources for disaster response and recovery.

Alongside his video, Johnson also posted several photos of areas damaged by the wildfires in Maui.

The retired professional wrestler joins other stars who have responded to recovery efforts of the Maui fires. Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sánchez pledged $100 million to Maui in the wake of the fires on Friday, and Oprah Winfrey has also promised to make a “major donation” to the cause.

The wildfires were first reported on Aug. 8 and have since spread across the areas of Lahaina and Kula in Maui, Hawaii, leaving complete devastation and destruction behind. Thousands of residents and visitors have been evacuated and, following the latest death toll, more fatalities are expected.

Many more are still missing following the fires. Maui Police Chief John Pelletier urged in a press conference on Saturday, which was shared by The Washington Post, that Maui residents should take DNA tests “if you’ve got missing family members” in an effort to find and identify more residents of the island. “We need to identify your loved ones,” he said.

Data revealed during the press conference detailed that 40,000 people had been flown out of Maui since Aug. 9 and there were still people staying at the airport making decisions on when they were ready to depart the location.

In other news – Woman dies after falling 300 feet at Rocky Mountain National Park

A 21-year-old woman died after falling about 300 feet in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park over the weekend.

The Severance, Colorado, woman and a 25-year-old man from San Angelo, Texas, fell while climbing in the Flying Dutchman couloir between Longs Peak and Mount Meeker in northern Colorado on Saturday, Rocky Mountain National Park officials said in a news release Sunday. Read More

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