'Further expenses' will be covered for Grenfell Tower victims, Government vows
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 17, 2017,
Jun 17, 2017, 19:45
Commander Stuart Cundy said they had been able to remove the remains of only 12 victims from the building.
The government has ordered a judge-led inquiry into the disaster, which is under pressure to act quickly. "We will continue to look at what more needs to be done", May said in a statement.
Initial reports had the death toll sitting at six people; that number has now jumped up to 12.
"We have to get to the bottom of this - the truth has got to come out and it will", he told volunteers at a local church.
The cladding - to beautify and insulate the building - had a plastic core and was similar to that used by high-rise buildings in France, the United Arab Emirates and Australia which had also suffered fires that spread.
The firm behind the work said the project met all required building regulations.
"They are simply not recognisable because of the fire", Fiona McCormack, from the Metropolitan Police's identification team, said of the victims found inside Grenfell Tower.
Tensions in the local community have grown since Wednesday's deadly blaze at the Grenfell Tower in north Kensington which provided social housing for some 600 people.
British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday announced relief funds for people affected by the massive apartment fire in London this week that killed 30 people and spawned growing calls for more government help.
"We saw them dying", said Adi Estu, 32, who was evacuated from her home nearby.
"I do sense the anger", Leadsom said.
The fire triggered a fresh wave of mourning in a country already battered by a string of terror attacks.
Volunteers in Glasgow - 550 kilometres away - sent a truck laden with nappies and other supplies.
Queen Elizabeth II sent her condolences, paying tribute to the bravery of the emergency services.
"It is also heartening to see the incredible generosity of community volunteers rallying to help those affected by this awful event", the queen said.
One London member of Parliament has called for corporate manslaughter charges after learning flammable material was used to clad the building during the recent renovation.
Survivors, many of whom lost all their belongings in the blaze, spent the night at emergency shelters, as charities and local support groups were flooded with piles of boxes full of clothes and bedding from shocked Londoners.
In Parliament, Mr Corbyn said there are "so many questions" about the disaster, including whether concerns residents had previously raised about the building had been ignored.
The local Grenfell Action Group had claimed, before and during a major 10-million-pound refurbishment of Grenfell Tower a year ago, that the block constituted a fire risk and residents had warned that access to the site for emergency vehicles was "severely restricted". I usually walk into fires very cautious but not scared.
The newly-appointed First Secretary of State defended the Prime Minister after she initially failed to meet victims of the fire in west London.
Police urged anyone who is still concerned about a missing loved one to visit the reception area at the Westway Sports Centre or ring the casualty bureau on 0800 0961 233.