79 now believed to have died in Grenfell Tower fire

Xavier Trudeau
Juin 20, 2017

The number of people killed in the Grenfell Tower fire has risen to 79 - but that figure could still change, police say.

London police on Sunday released images taken within the tower, saying conditions inside verged on the "indescribable". We are angry about the inadequacy of the response and the longstanding neglect of our buildings by the council and building management. The paneling has been blamed for quickly spreading the flames.

British officials said Sunday that exterior cladding used in a recent renovation of the building may have been banned under United Kingdom building regulations.

They said: "We naturally welcome funds for those in need, though this does show once more the tendency to sideline residents' views".

A minute's silence was held at 11am across all Government buildings to remember victims and all those affected by the fire in north Kensington. "And once it's safe, they are going to go into the building", he said while trying to pacify the crowd". Soon afterwards, British Prime Minister Theresa May was chased away from a local church.

Queen Elizabeth and Prince William visited the disaster site, which was compared to the visit of May, who confined herself to speaking to police and fire brigade officials and not the victims.

"At No. 10 (Downing Street) yesterday, the prime minister assured the group that from now on residents would be consulted on a coordinated relief effort". Many questions also center on the speed at which the fire spread.

He said: "We must also prepare people for the awful reality that some people may not be identified due to the intensity of the fire".

British health authorities will also provide long-term bereavement counselling for those who lost loved ones in the tragedy. Newly-appointed Indian-origin housing minister in the Department for Communities and Local Government, Alok Sharma, said, "Every single family will be rehoused in the local area".

She says she will receive daily reports from the stricken neighborhood, where hundreds of people have been displaced.

Sixteen bodies have been removed from the blackened 24-storey apartment block, and the first victim was formally identified as Mohammed Alhajali, a 23-year-old Syrian refugee.

Fifty-eight people who were in Grenfell Tower are still missing and are presumed to be dead, London police announced Saturday, raising the death toll in the horrific inferno that turned the public housing block into a charred hulk.

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