Minute's silence to be held for Grenfell Tower victims

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 18, 2017

Emergency services are continuing to search for bodies in the now burnt-out building.

Cundy said there may have been other people in the tower that police are not aware of, which would add to the final death toll. "United in our sadness, we are equally determined, without fear or favour, to support all those rebuilding lives so horribly affected by injury and loss", she said.

And, according to some local residents there were some 500 residents at the Grenfell Tower when the fire broke out on Wednesday morning, and they say that not many could escape because the blaze engulfed the entire building rapidly. It includes 30 deaths that already have been confirmed, and reports of people who are missing and presumed to have been killed.

Cundy said that because the fire was so powerful there was "a risk that sadly we may not be able to identify everybody".

Community groups have said warnings about poor fire safety have always been ignored, and that in the aftermath of the disaster, officials had failed to immediately take care of those affected.

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

The prime minister faced cries of "coward" and "shame on you" when she returned to the scene on Friday, having not met victims on her first visit.

British Prime Minister Theresa May, facing criticism for the government's handling of the disaster, met Saturday with 15 fire survivors invited to her official residence at 10 Downing Street.

Newly-appointed Indian-origin housing minister in the Department for Communities and Local Government, Alok Sharma, said, "Every single family will be rehoused in the local area".

Opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, London mayor Sadiq Khan, Prince William and Queen Elizabeth, 91, have all visited residents from the tower which housed around 600 people.

Friends and families of victims, including a furious seven-year-old, asked: "How many children died? What are you going to do about it?"

At least 17 people died in fire. There are a lot of fearless firefighters and police and ambulance workers.

Emergency workers have reached the top of the 24-story tower.

"There is considerable damage within Grenfell Tower", he said.

"Our focus has been on those that we know were in Grenfell Tower".

Demonstrators from the Grenfell Tower area had gathered to protest the council's failure to act on warnings over fire safety in the building.

Mr Khan said an inquiry should be properly resourced so it can get the full truth about the fire as quickly as possible.

Relatives of those missing after a high-rise tower blaze in London posted pictures of their loved ones Friday in the desperate hope of news, as grief following the tragedy has turned to outrage at authorities accused of being lax in meeting building standards.

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