During a meeting with survivors at her Downing Street office on Saturday, Mrs May said more help will be sent to help survivors cope and find alternative housing now that the building has been destroyed.
“Newspapers are calling May’s decision not to meet survivors the day after the blaze her “Hurricane Katrina” moment”, NPR’s Frank Langfitt notes.
Survivors and families of the victims are demanding answers in light of reports that external panelling put up during a recent renovation contributed to the flames’ rapid spread. Spain faces Macedonia on Saturday night in the tournament, which is being played in Poland.
Railway tracks run in front of the charred remains of the Grenfell Tower block in Kensington, west London, on June 17, following the June 14 fire at the residential building. Hundreds of others have been left homeless and dozens are missing.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has already called on the government to conduct an investigation into reports that Gavin Barwell, the former housing minister who was recently appointed as the Prime Minister’s adviser, had failed to OK a fire safety review request he had received.
The queen and her husband, Prince Philip, stood silently on the steps of Buckingham Palace before the start of the Trooping the Color that each year marks the queen’s official birthday, which is traditionally celebrated in June when the weather is warm. She became queen in 1952, aged 25.
“We’ve always been advocates of automatic fire sprinkler protection in tall tower blocks and they work – people don’t die in sprinkler buildings”, he said. “What we are doing is putting in place the support that will help them”, she added.
Some 19 people remain in four London hospitals, 10 of who are in critical conditions.
“They haven’t got easy fire escapes, they’ve got no sprinklers, it’s totally, totally unacceptable in Britain that this is allowed to happen and people lose their lives in this way”.
The tragedy has provoked a enormous response from nearby communities that have donated food and shelter to the victims.
British Prime Minister Theresa May promised victims of a London fire that left at least 30 dead that a five-million-pound ($6.5 million) support package would be created, the media reported.
May announced on Friday that her government has set up a £5 million ($8.4 million Cdn) “discretionary fund” to help pay for food, clothing, personal supplies and funerals.
‘As London faith representatives, our united minds, hearts and prayers are with everyone in Grenfell Tower and with the families and friends of all those who are impacted.
“Grenfell is where they shove all the people who don’t have any choice”, said a resident as he watched his home burn.