Donald Trump vows support to California wildfire victims; 15 dead, 1500 homes destroyed

Washington: President Donald Trump said that the federal government will be there for the people of California as devastating wildfires sweep across the state’s famed wine country.

 Donald Trump vows support to California wildfire victims; 15 dead, 1500 homes destroyed

File image of smoke and flames from fire at the Hilton Sonoma Wine Country hotel in Santa Rosa, in California. AP

Trump said that he spoke on Monday night with California Governor Jerry Brown to “let him know that the federal government will stand with the people of California. And we will be there for you in this time of terrible tragedy and need.”

At least 15 people have died and at least 2,000 homes, businesses and other structures have been destroyed in the wildfires in Northern California.

The fires broke out nearly simultaneously and then exploded overnight, sending residents fleeing as embers rained down and flames raged around them. Two hospitals in Santa Rosa, the largest city in the region with 175,000 people, were forced to evacuate patients.

Trump said that he is also continuing to pray for those grieving and wounded in the Las Vegas mass shooting and is also thinking of the people affected by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

He said, “We have to never forget.”

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Updated Date: Oct 11, 2017 08:30:24 IST