The Police has announced that the fifty-eight people who are still missing after the Grenfell Tower fire, are being presumed dead.
The latest statement came after May spent 2½ hours with some of those affected by the fire.
Prime Minister Theresa May, increasingly a focal point for wrath, bundled away under police guard after meeting residents Friday. She said many identifications would probably be done via dental records, predicting that such samples would be more likely found from people who died of smoke inhalation, rather than those killed by the fire itself.
May on Saturday chaired a meeting on the government’s response to the fire.
In an interview with the BBC, May promised a public inquiry into the disaster and pledged that survivors would be rehoused within weeks.
Opponents said Mrs May’s handling of the fire has thrust her position further into doubt.
“If there’s some sort of task force that is established that assists in identifying non-conforming building products then we would have to support that”. But it is a awful tragedy. He asked anyone who was in the tower and survived to contact police immediately.
After a turbulent three months which has seen three militant attacks and now the tower blaze, Queen Elizabeth said “it is hard to escape a very sombre national mood”, in a message on her official birthday. A solemn Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip held a minute of silence for the fire victims at the start of the procession Saturday. “This year, however, it is hard to escape a very somber national mood”.
The tragedy in a social housing complex in Britain’s wealthiest borough has become a symbol of inequality in the country, stoking tensions after seven years of austerity. Britain’s Press Association says around 70 people are missing.
“Even if we get some DNA, the question will be, do we have anything to compare it to?” said Denise Syndercombe Court, a forensic science expert at King’s College London. “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.
The remains of Grenfell Tower stand in London, Saturday, June 17, 2017.
Every family whose home was destroyed in the Grenfell Tower fire will receive a down-payment of at least £5,500 on Monday.
May added that she will receive daily briefings from the stricken area, although it remains to be seen how much of the information will be made public. Organizers handed out fliers that read, “Your anger must be heard”.
With the death toll rising, families of the victims have railed against officials like May and Mayor Sadiq Khan. “Second question is were they correctly complied with?”
London’s Metropolitan Police confirmed Friday they had launched a criminal investigation into the incident.
Aluminium composite panels are used to add insulation and to make a building more attractive, and consist of two metal panels sandwiching an inner material such as polyethylene, which was reportedly the case at Grenfell Tower. No sprinkler system was installed.
May has announced a public inquiry into the fire which would be fast-tracked.
The failure to win the election outright and her response to the London blaze has exposed splits within the Cabinet and rage on the Tory benches. “Again, I would urge them if that is you, I don’t care the reason, please, please contact us”. “I will help you from up there”.
Mohammad and his brother Omar, both students, lived together on the 14th floor.
Omar, 25, survived, but the brothers were separated as firefighters tried to rescue them from the burning building early Wednesday.
The move follows widespread criticism of the local Kensington and Chelsea Council’s performance as residents of the 24-storey Grenfell Tower, which was engulfed in fire early on Wednesday, condemned the relief efforts and lack of information.