Presumed death toll in London tower blaze rises to 79

Xavier Trudeau
Juin 19, 2017

When asked about the search, Mr Cundy replied that the officers had gone "all the way to the top" of the tower, and explained that the first phase was a visual search.

"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.

"As we do everything we can to help them, we will make sure they have the counselling and emotional support they need in the hard days, weeks and years ahead".

While he refused to speculate on the inquiry's outcome, Cundy said, "I would like to reassure everybody that we will be looking at all criminal offenses that may have been committed by any individual or organization".

The search and recovery operation in the 24-story Grenfell Tower continues, he said, adding that it has been incredibly distressing for families.

"I spoke to the casualty helpline and they didn't have any information. they didn't offer any help. (But there was) nothing, they weren't collating these numbers".

In a statement today, The Prime Minister said there had been "huge frustrations" on the ground as people struggled to find information.

She added: "The response of the emergency services, NHS and the community has been heroic".

Mrs May has come in for a barrage of criticism over her response to the disaster, including being jeered when she visited the North Kensington estate on Friday.

On Saturday, Theresa May met with survivors of the fire in Downing Street, after being criticised for not visiting them in the immediate aftermath of the blaze.

The government has promised a full public inquiry, but that has done little to a sense of frustration and anger among residents and neighbours who demand answers for how the blaze spread so quickly and trapped so numerous tower's roughly 600 residents. Clement's Church while angry protesters waited outside. "It is our fault, '" Emily Maitlis said to May in an interview.

"Wallowing in the wash of a general election that stripped our prime minister of her authority on the very eve of European Union negotiations, neither common sense nor the evidence suggest she can re-establish public confidence", Matthew Parris wrote.

"There's a need for the public to hear you say in words of one syllable: 'Something awful has happened; something has gone badly wrong".

Wing On said if it is deemed necessary to replace the existing cladding, the expenditure to be incurred is not expected to have an adverse impact on the group's financial position. People lost everything in the fire and were left in only the clothes they were wearing. "The country has witnessed a succession of awful tragedies".

The UK government has promised that all those left homeless by the disaster will be rehoused in the local area.

"What we are doing is putting in place the support that will help them".

"But it is a bad tragedy". We know that there are still bodies of those who died inside the building and we want to return those people to their families as soon as we possibly can.

"What I'm now absolutely focused on is ensuring that we get that support on the ground".

He said: "We need urgent action now to make sure that all records and documents relating to the refurbishment and management of Grenfell Tower are protected".

On Saturday night, the Government announced new measures to support those who have lost loved ones, along with members of the emergency services.

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