Grenfell Tower Deaths Rise to 79, London Police Say

Claudine Rigal
Juin 19, 2017

He says it will take weeks or longer to recover and identify all the dead at the charred building.

"Whilst I sincerely hope that our work over the coming days means that we (will be) able to say that less people are confirmed as having died, I also have to consider the sad reality that this may rise", Metropolitan Police Cmdr.

He said there was a feeling among people they have been treated badly and not understood by the council because some of them are "poor, some may come from deprived backgrounds, some may be asylum seekers and refugees".

Britain's trade minister says the exterior paneling used on the exterior of the London high-rise, in which dozens were killed in a fire, appears to have violated building rules.

On the lack of sprinklers in Grenfell Tower, and other buildings, he said: "My understanding is that the best expert advice is that retrofitting sprinklers may not always be the best technical way of ensuring fire safety in a building". He asked anyone who was in the tower and survived to contact police immediately.

British outlets said May struggled to offer support or leadership in the wake of the blaze, accusing her of lacking emotional intelligence and calling her "Maybot".

Other measures outlined by Prime Minister Theresa May following a meeting with residents at Downing Street on Saturday, included more staff covering phone lines and ground staff wearing high-visibility clothing so they could be easily found.

One woman wept, saying it was because the PM declined to speak to anyone outside the meeting which lasted less than hour.

Smoke billows as firefighters deal with a serious fire in a tower block at Latimer Road in West London, Britain, June 14.

"I spoke with people who ran from the fire in only the clothes they were wearing", she said in a statement.

The identification of the victims is proving very hard - which experts attribute to the extreme heat of the fire.

Officials are using dental records, fingerprints, DNA samples, tattoos and scars to try and positively identify victims.

The Government has also announced that a minute's silence will be held for the victims at 11am tomorrow.

After a turbulent three months which has seen Britain scarred by three deadly Islamist militant attacks and now the tower blaze, Queen Elizabeth said the mood was deeply somber but that the British people were resolute in the face of adversity. This year, however, it is very hard to escape a very sombre national mood. In an interview on Saturday, May admitted that the government's response to the disaster was "not good enough" as she announced a fast-tracked public inquiry into the fire promised to provide increased aid to help survivors cope and find alternative housing.

Hundreds have been left homeless by the blaze, putting more pressure on officials in a city already plagued by a chronic housing shortage.

Scuffles broke out near the Kensington and Chelsea town hall offices Friday as demonstrators chanting "We want justice!" surged toward the doors.

London Fire Brigade chief Dany Cotton earlier said urban search units backed by specialist dog teams would scour the building as structural surveyors helped make the tower safe.

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