58 presumed dead in London tower blaze


The cause of Wednesday's blaze in London is still under investigation, but anger has mounted in the community amid reports that exterior panelling used in an extensive renovation completed previous year may have helped the flames to spread.

Sharing the footage, Commander Stuart Cundy, said: "It is really important that we are clear about the scale of the challenge facing us as our teams search Grenfell Tower to recover those people still inside and return them to their loved ones".

Of the total 58 people missing, presumed dead by police, there are at least 30 confirmed deaths. Metropolitan Police Stuard Cundy said: "Sadly, our work will be ongoing for many, many weeks".

"In the wake of (the) Grenfell fire we have to recognise that something has gone badly, badly wrong in this country, that predominantly poor people die in a towering inferno because possibly in the long term (there had been a) lack of public investment", Mr Corbyn told ITV's Peston on Sunday programme.

"There is a real housing crisis, I accept that, but that is true for every borough in London", he said.

One of her closest allies, Mr Damian Green, defended Mrs May yesterday. Analysts estimate the death toll can reach 70.

He says tower residents who survived fear a cover-up will keep the truth from coming out.

Prior to the meeting with victims, other residents of the block and volunteer workers, she chaired a meeting of a government task force on the disaster.

Prime Minister Theresa May, criticised for keeping her distance from angry residents during her visit to the charred remains of the 24-storey Grenfell Tower, said on Saturday the response to the disaster had been "not good enough".

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She said the Government would offer resources beyond the £5m already committed to helping those displaced by the fire if necessary, and announced a deadline of three weeks for families to be found another home "nearby" to the Kensington area of the fire.

Around 70 people are missing, according to Britain's Press Association, and identification of the victims is proving very hard.

A top former Conservative politician and Times of London columnist blasted May over her handling of the fire, and said that she must resign. Honour to stand alongside the community to pray for the victims of the #GrenfellTower fire.

Officials are using dental records, fingerprints and DNA samples to try and positively identify victims.

The tragedy cast a pall on the Trooping the Color festivities that mark the official birthday of Queen Elizabeth II.

More than 3 million pounds ($3.8 million) has been raised for the victims, and the British government has announced a 5 million-pound ($6.3 million) emergency fund. The queen said it was "difficult to escape a very somber mood" on what is normally a day of celebration.

There is simmering anger in the multi-ethnic north Kensington area hit by the blaze, and public fury has been directed at senior government figures, including May, who was jeered Friday after she visited the fire community.

Many others have been left homeless by the blaze, which virtually destroyed the tower. "We do not want another fatality arising out of this tragedy", he said.

Residents and neighbors are demanding answers for how the blaze spread so quickly after reports said contractors installed a cheaper, less flame-resistant type of exterior paneling in a renovation of Grenfell Tower that ended in May 2016.