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May offers 5-mn-pound support package for London fire victims

19 June 2017, 12:05 | Bernice Figueroa

Meanwhile, Metropolitan Police commander Stuart Cundy responded to speculation that the number of dead could exceed 100, saying: "From a personal perspective, I really hope it isn't".

Previously, the Metropolitan Police had confirmed 30 people had been killed in the inferno; the announcement Saturday almost doubles that number.

Using drones and sniffer dogs, firefighters continued to search the burned-out housing block that looms over a low-income community next to the super-affluent Notting Hill neighbourhood in west London. Whole families are said to be among the missing, including Bassem Choukeir, his wife Nadia, her mother Sariyya and the couple's three daughters Mirna, Fatmeh and Zaynab. A new sign was put up, removing that detail. At least 58 people are believed to have died in the blaze.

Service on two London Underground lines has been partially suspended because of concerns about the safety of the high-rise in the fire that killed at least 30 people.

He also pointed out that dozens of tower blocks across London built in the 1960s and 1970s, like Grenfell Tower, may have failed to comply with current standards.

Major roads near the stricken building were open Saturday.

The government has promised a full public inquiry, but that has done little to ease a sense of frustration at the lack of information about how the fire moved so quickly to engulf the building.

British Prime Minister Theresa May is to meet victims of the Grenfell Tower fire disaster in her 10 Downing Street office on Saturday, officials said.

The meeting is unlikely to quell complaints that May has been slow to reach out to fire survivors, despite her announcement of a $6.4 million emergency fund to help the displaced families.

Dozens are still missing.

And later on Friday she was slammed as "inhuman" after a Newsnight interview about the disaster, during which she appeared visibly uncomfortable as she struggled to answer questions.


But the visits, which took place more than 48 hours after the devastating fire broke out, have done little to quell the growing anger over the way she has dealt with the tragedy.

The queen and Philip stood silently before the start of the annual Trooping the Color procession that marks the queen's official birthday.

"This should not be happening in the United Kingdom, this should never happen".

On June 14, just after midnight, a fire began on the fourth floor of Grenfell Tower, located in north Kensington, a district of west London.

On Saturday morning, NHS England said there are 19 patients in four London hospitals receiving care of which 10 are critical.

The fire at the 24-story building has led to community anger and protests over the British government's response.

Londoners and others have also donated huge amounts of food, water and clothing, and shelter, to survivors.

Scotland Yard is leading the criminal investigation into the fire at Grenfell Tower to establish the exact cause of the fire.

Many are demanding answers for how the blaze spread so quickly. "You get a lot of fragmentation of bodies, charring of bones and sometimes all that's left is ash", said Peter Vanezis, a professor of forensic medical sciences at Queen Mary University in London.

Addressing the British people on her official birthday, Queen Elizabeth wrote of a "very sombre national mood" following a "succession of bad tragedies" that have befallen the British people over the last number of months.

"It is hard to escape a very sombre national mood", Elizabeth said in a message on her official birthday.



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