Grenfell Tower death toll rises to 30 as recovery efforts continue
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 17, 2017,
Jun 17, 2017, 15:33
British Prime Minister Theresa May faced mounting criticism on Friday (June 16) for not meeting the survivors of a deadly London tower block blaze, ratcheting up the pressure as she tries to strike a deal to stay in power after a botched election gamble. He said that 24 people were being treated in hospitals, including 12 in critical care. On Thursday, May was pictured speaking to emergency workers, but was kept away from the public. "The sad reality is that this work will take some time, stretching into many, many weeks", the police commander said.
"She wanted an entirely controlled situation in which she didn't use her humanity", former cabinet minister Michael Portillo told the BBC.
With the death toll expected to rise, perhaps substantially, those looking for the missing answers and missing people were growing increasingly anxious.
After May failed to win an outright majority in a snap election last week, she is battling to strike a deal with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party to support her government.
The anger is certain to grow as other national leaders embarked on tours of the site and meetings with the afflicted.
Corbyn met with members of the public and was pictured hugging tearful relatives of victims near the charred building.
British Prime Minister Theresa May has promised a full investigation into the fire, one of the deadliest in United Kingdom history.
"This is an absolute tragedy and there are always things that we all wish I'd said this or done that", Leadsom in an interview with Sky News. "We're all trying to do the best we can". The number of missing people is estimated to be around 76. A man with a megaphone, shouting about the lack of a government response, drew a crowd of some 20 people as the police looked on.
Local residents shouted angry questions when London mayor Sadiq Khan paid a visit to the area. "These were hard conversations with a tight-knit community that is understandably distraught, frustrated and increasingly angry. They feel the government and local council haven't done enough to help them".
The monarch has expressed her sympathies to families of victims of the blaze that ripped through the 24-story building, killing at least 17.
"There is nothing to suggest at this time that the fire was started deliberately", he added. "We kept raising them with the tenant management organization and we kept being told that there was no problem. Throughout it, there were a range of concerns about fire safety". Some observers asked whether hazards in the Grenfell complex, which had 120 apartments that housed as many as 600 people, were ignored because its residents are mainly poor.
Teams were forced to leave the building on Thursday afternoon when the fire restarted, delaying further the efforts to reach upper floors, where some victims are thought to have been trapped.
Sajid Javid, whose department is responsible for oversight of local authorities, yesterday acknowledged that "something has gone drastically wrong" to result in the tragedy which unfolded in the early hours of Wednesday in west London. "We have to be led by the expert opinion on this".
Anger swelled, meanwhile, as survivors and others pressed for answers on whether inadequate safety systems or substandard construction material could have contributed to a blaze that climbed up the building faster than people could flee. "There can be no shortcuts to this".