58 people are presumed dead in Grenfell Tower disaster
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 18:06
So far 30 people are confirmed dead but police said this weekend that based on reports from the public the number now stood at 58 and that this could rise.
Former Conservative minister Michael Portillo said on Thursday that, although she had met in private with members of the emergency services, she should have met Grenfell Tower residents, as Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn did.
The Guardian and the BBC have reported in recent days that panels with a PE core were used in a refurbishment of the 24-storey tower bock that was completed past year. 16 bodies have been recovered from the Tower and taken to a mortuary. "And therefore, sadly, I have to assume that they are dead", he said. Cundy said the figure of 58 included that toll given earlier.
She also noted that an emergency fund of more than $6 million has begun to be "distributed on the ground so people can buy clothes, food and other essentials".
A woman lays flowers in tribute to the victims of the fire. British health authorities say that 19 fire survivors are still being treated at London hospitals, and 10 of them remain in critical condition.
He said: "The investigation is a police investigation". This relies on dental records, fingerprints and DNA when possible and also features like tattoos or scars.
The fire has been a major test for Prime Minister Theresa May, whose Conservative Party is clinging to power after losing majority control of Parliament to a Labour surge in a snap election this month.
"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.
Angry protesters chanting "We want justice" stormed their way into the Kensington and Chelsea town hall on Friday. Numerous displaced are living in churches and community centers.
"This will take us some time, but I give my commitment that if as part of that investigation we identify anything that gives cause for concern for the safety of the public we will inform the relevant authorities".
"Our focus has been on those that we know were in Grenfell Tower".
"It was a death trap, and they knew it", one person shouted as demonstrators surged inside the offices of the Kensington and Chelsea council, responsible for managing the social housing block in a working-class enclave of one of Britain's richest districts.
"Yesterday afternoon following expert advice for the safety of our officers, from the Metropolitan Police the London fire brigade and the London Ambulance arrive, we had to pause that search and recovery".