Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy announced Saturday that 58 people are missing and presumed dead after the fire at Grenfell Tower in London, England.
‘Family liaison officers are supporting families, and that includes those people we know to be dead; some of those who are critically ill and sadly those people who we have been told were in Grenfell Tower that night who we have been unable to trace.
Cundy said there may have been people in the tower that police are not aware of, which would add to the death toll.
She said: “Frankly, the support on the ground for families who needed help or basic information in the initial hours after this appalling disaster was not good enough”.
Downing Street says affected families can access the cash payment immediately from the council “as and when” they need it.
The number of the dead may change as investigations progress, police said.
“Government is making money available, we’re ensuring that we’re going to get to the bottom of what’s happened, we will ensure that people are rehoused”, the prime minister said.
Only five people have been formally identified.
“I must consider the fact that there may be others in the building who, for whatever reason have not been reported to us”.
Members of the emergency services work inside burnt out remains of the Grenfell apartment tower in North Kensington, London, Britain, June 18, 2017.
Distressed women were seen hugging after the silence.
London fire chief Dany Cotton told BBC radio that it might be “some days yet” before firefighters could say they have reached everyone in the building.
She also said that the public inquiry into the fire would report back to personally.
Opponents said May’s handling of the fire has thrust her position further into doubt by showing a failure to feel the public mood and act decisively.
“It can’t be acceptable that in London we have luxury buildings and luxury flats left empty as land banking for the future while the homeless and the poor look for somewhere to live”.
The National Health Service said that 17 patients were still being treated in hospital, of whom nine remain in critical condition. Her First Secretary of State, Damian Green, defended the prime minister, saying she was as “distraught as we all are”.
New images have been released that show the scale of devastation inside the building.