Elon Musk, a billionaire businessman, has said that his organizations, SpaceX and Tesla, are making every effort to aid Hawaii in its recovery from terrible wildfires. In a statement on X, the social networking website that replaced Twitter, Musk stated that the two businesses are “doing our best to be helpful to Hawaii.” More than 650 satellite internet kits have been sent to more than 40 groups that are aiding the island’s recovery operations, according to another post from Starlink’s official X account.
The Starlink team donated about 35% of the hardware expenses and paid for expedited shipping and distribution for all kits sent to the Maui recovery efforts. We are also collaborating with local merchants to offer Starlink at a discount. More to come as needed, according to another tweet.
Tesla & SpaceX/Starlink doing our best to be helpful to Hawaii
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 16, 2023
One of those organizations is Red Lightning Disaster Relief, which, according to Fox Business, announced in a LinkedIn post on Tuesday that it had purchased 20 Starlink systems and was in the process of setting them up. Red Link added that with power lines down and connectivity difficult to come by, communication is one of the top demands in many places. Through a network of satellites in low Earth orbit, Starlink offers internet connectivity, and its kits come with pre-connected equipment for simple installation.
The worst flames to strike the United States in more than a century are currently burning in Maui. Over 1,300 individuals are still missing, and at least 106 deaths have been confirmed. Moreover, the fires destroyed Jeff Bezos, the executive chairman of Amazon, and his fiancée Lauren Sanchez have also promised to donate $100 million to aid in the reconstruction of Maui. Using social media, Ms. Sanchez declared that she and the former CEO of Amazon are “heartbroken” by the devastation and are setting up a fund to assist the Hawaiian island in “getting back on its feet.”
To help provide connectivity in Maui, the Starlink team has shipped and distributed more than 650 kits to 40+ organizations on the island supporting recovery efforts https://t.co/nO62ihDxx5
— Starlink (@Starlink) August 16, 2023
More over 2,500 acres of historic villages like Lahaina were destroyed by the Maui wildfire, which broke out on August 8. Tuesday, when a makeshift morgue was extended to accommodate the disaster, 106 people were confirmed dead as a result of the terrible inferno, according to the authorities, AFP said.
According to the non-profit National Fire Protection Association, the wildfire is the worst to occur in the United States since 1918, when 453 people perished in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Due to complaints from locals that there had been no warning, Hawaiian officials have launched an investigation into how the fire was handled.
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