Theresa May tries to quell public anger, meets fire victims

Theresa May tries to quell public anger, meets fire victims

Theresa May tries to quell public anger, meets fire victims

The latest figure included the 30 already confirmed to have died in the devastating fire on Wednesday.

He said five of the dead had been formally identified, and it would be a slow and painstaking task to identify the others because of the intensity of the fire.

Hammond said that will be a focus of the inquiry and investigation.

"The search operation will be painstaking and having been in there myself it's really hard to describe the devastation that the fire has caused".

Mr Cundy said the death toll may still change, but not as significantly as it has in recent days.

He says tower residents who survived fear a cover-up will keep the truth from coming out. Composing himself, he said "It's fair to say it is incredibly emotional working in there". I can confirm that a 5 million pound ($6 million) emergency fund that I announced yesterday is now being distributed on the ground so people can buy clothes, food and other essentials. Those who lost their homes will be rehoused within three weeks, she said.

Families of the victims and residents of Grenfell said they were furious that the local government had for years ignored their complaints about the building's lack of measures in case of fire and had not adequately attended to survivors of the blaze.

He told reporters the "awful reality" was that it might not be possible to identify all the victims. A solemn Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip held a minute of silence for the fire victims at the start of the procession Saturday.

National media in London reported extensively Friday that it would have cost just 5,000 pounds (6,400 US dollars) extra for a cladding material with better fire protection qualities.

The Prime Minister has become the target of anger over her response to the disaster, which has left 58 people presumed dead.

Scuffles broke out near the building, with demonstrators chanting "we want justice!" as they surged toward the doors. Experts believe the aluminum composite panels, which contain a plastic insulation material, may have helped spread the flames quickly up the outside of the tower.

The tragedy has provoked a very big response from nearby communities that have donated food and shelter to the victims. More than $3.8 million has been raised for the victims.

Anger flared in the Kensington community over the weekend - with many protests taking place across the capital - as some accused the authorities of withholding information and responding inadequately.

Two neighbouring Tube lines are to be partly suspended into a second day amid safety concerns of debris falling on to the tracks.

But a report by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea's Director of Housing just 11 months ago said the tower's safety credentials were exemplary.

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