Cundy explained that one of the reasons identification has been so hard is because dental records are needed from victims who hailed from different countries around the world.
British Prime Minister Theresa May met at her Downing Street office Saturday with survivors of this week’s deadly high-rise fire, a day after being chastised by protesters and as the death toll continued to rise.
She also noted that an emergency fund of more than $6 million has begun to be “distributed on the ground so people can buy clothes, food and other essentials”.
Green said the government would pay for residents’ legal representation at the inquiry and reiterated May’s promise to rehouse those displaced by the fire within three weeks, as close as possible to home.
“I have heard the concerns and I have ordered immediate action across the board to help victims’ relatives and the survivors“, Xinhua quoted her as saying.
Some Grenfell Tower residents had warned months ago fire safety issues at the building meant that it was at risk of a “catastrophic” event. Some shouted “coward” as she left by a side door. “The people are waking up to the right-wing, mainstream media and May just doesn’t get the public mood”.
Hundreds of protesters marched on Whitehall on Friday, angry at the government’s handling of the disaster.
The Met Police’s Commander Stuart Cundy said the death toll could still change while speaking outside New Scotland Yard this morning.
“The figure of 58 are those who are missing and that we have to presume are dead”, said Cundy. “Again, I would urge them if that is you, I don’t care the reason, please, please contact us”. It may take longer than that.
Many residents of the building remain unaccounted for, and police said numerous remains may never be identified. The search and recovery operation in the 24-story Grenfell Tower continues, he said, adding that it has been incredibly distressing for families.
“The response of the emergency services, National Health Service, and the community has been heroic”, May said in a statement.
Of the resumed search, he said: “As soon as we can, we will locate and recover loved ones”.
“We have had two-and-a-half hours with the prime minister in the last 48 hours and spoke about demands and what we expect”.
Official data suggests the Kensington and Chelsea borough has more empty properties than any other borough in London, numbering almost 1,400 properties classified as “long-term vacant” or empty for more than six months. The management organization said it was aware of the complaints made by residents, but that it was “too early to speculate what caused the fire and contributed to its spread”.
Meanwhile, Queen Elizabeth II struck a mournful tone in an address to mark her official birthday Saturday, remarking not only on the blaze at the high-rise building but also on the recent terrorist attacks in Manchester and London.
Told there was a need for the public to hear her say something had gone badly wrong and the Government accepted responsibility, Mrs May said: “Something awful has happened”.
“Put to the test, the United Kingdom has been resolute in the face of adversity”, she added.