United Kingdom govt rushes staff for rehabilitation of London fire victims
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 19, 2017,
Jun 19, 2017, 6:40
High-rise tower blocks dating from the 1960s and 1970s could be torn down in the wake of the deadly Grenfell Tower fire, the London mayor has said. She visited the former apartment building on Thursday and failed to even speak to survivors.
Police have confirmed that at least 30 people were killed in the fire, and the death toll might increase. Community groups have said that warnings about poor fire safety have always been ignored, and that in the aftermath of the disaster, officials failed to immediately take care of those affected.
"It is hard to escape a very sombre national mood", the queen said in a statement to mark her official birthday - an occasion that typically does not result in any public comments from the monarch. On Wednesday, the apartment tower caught fire, the cause of which has not been established yet.
"Government is making money available, we are ensuring we are going to get to the bottom of what happened, we will ensure that people are rehoused, but we need to make sure that that actually happens".
The PM has ordered a public inquiry into the blaze, as the cladding used to insulate the tower block and the building's safety measures have come under scrutiny.
The mayor of London Sadiq Khan has said the Grenfell Tower disaster was a effect of years of neglect by politicians.
Government staff have been drafted to manage the response to the devastating Grenfell Tower fire after criticism of the Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council.
"Clearly it's quite unprecedented for 16 very ordinary people, who this time last week were walking their dogs or talking to each other in the streets around here and north Kensington, actually to be in 10 Downing Street talking face-to-face with the prime minister", he said.
She said: "Frankly, the support on the ground for families who needed help or basic information in the initial hours after this appalling disaster was not good enough".
"As soon as we can, we will locate and recover loved ones", he added.