The death toll from wildfires that swept through the island of Maui last month has been revised down to 97 dead, while the number of people missing has also dropped to 31, the governor of the US state of Hawaii, Josh Green, said in a statement. during an interview he gave to the CNN television network yesterday Friday.

Last week, Mr Green reported 115 dead and 66 missing.

“The death toll has been reduced because we have Department of Defense anthropologists with us who are able to do more advanced analyzes of genetic material. They were able to ensure that we would not tragically mix up the remains of the people we lost,” the governor said.

On August 8, a fire spread like wildfire from the foothills of a volcano to the tourist magnet town of Lahaina, destroying or damaging some 2,200 buildings.