British police release footage showing devastation inside London's Grenfell tower

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.

Burned-out flats, blackened lifts and the charred remains of belongings after the deadly Grenfell Tower fire were visible in photos and videos released by Britain's Metropolitan Police on Sunday (June 18).

On Sunday, Chancellor Philip Hammond said that cladding used on Grenfell Tower, which has been blamed for the rapid spreading of the fire, is actually banned in the United Kingdom.

"I'm afraid to say there are now 79 people that we believe are either dead or missing and I sadly have to presume are dead", police commander Stuart Cundy told reporters.

"We've worked tirelessly to establish how many people we believe were in Grenfell Tower on the night and at this point in time we are unable to say that they are safe or well", he said.

"His family is being supported by liaison officers from the Metropolitan Police", Cundy said.

The number of missing or dead is expected to change, though police may not be able to identify everyone who died due to the intensity of the fire. Cundy said some families have lost more than one member in the fire.

The building was a year ago fitted with insulating cladding, but the material used is now believed to have been highly flammable and could have further inflamed the fire, helping it spread alarmingly fast throughout the building.

Khan said the fire was a "national tragedy with national consequences", adding: "Those who mock health and safety, regulations and red tape need to take a hard look at the consequences of cutting these and ask themselves whether Grenfell Tower is a price worth paying".

The government also announced that those left homeless will be given at least STG5,500 ($A9242) from an emergency fund.

Many residents of the building remain unaccounted for, and police said numerous remains may never be identified.

Mr Cundy promised there will be prosecutions "if there is evidence" that criminal offences have been committed.

Some survivors of the Grenfell Tower disaster visited May in Downing Street on Saturday, amid mounting criticism about the response of the local and central government to the disaster.

The Prime Minister also set out to reassure victims about the upcoming judge-led public inquiry into the fire.

  • Leroy Wright