At least 58 people are thought to have died in this week’s deadly London high-rise blaze, Metropolitan Police commander Stuart Cundy said Saturday, citing missing persons reports.
Emergency services have been widely praised for their response to the fire, but the local community has accused the government of a slow and inadequate reaction.
“My commitment to families is that as soon as we can, we will locate and recover their loved ones.” the commander said.
Families who have lost their homes must be supported, he added, grieving people must be helped and lessons must be learned following the tragedy, including ensuring it is not “so hard” for those who need help to find it. “As Prime Minister, I will be responsible for implementing its findings”. I really hope it won’t, but it may increase.
“Family liaison officers are supporting families, and that includes those people we know to be dead; some of those who are crucially ill and sadly those people who we have been told were in Grenfell Tower that night who we have been unable to trace”. May also said that she has set a deadline of three weeks for all the survivors of the Grenfell fire to be placed in new housing. “Nowadays, we would not dream of building towers to the standards of the 1970s, but their inhabitants still have to live with that legacy”.
After the incident, a total of 78 people were being treated at hospitals across London, Khan said in his statement.
The government has promised a full public inquiry, but that has done little to a sense of frustration at the lack of information about how the fire moved so quickly to engulf the building.
A group of victims who met with Theresa May on Saturday held a two-hour talk with the Prime Minister and were said to have passionately described their needs in light of shortcomings in the relief operation so far.
The queen marked her official birthday Saturday by saying Britain remains “resolute in the face of adversity” after the horrendous fire and recent extremist attacks in London and Manchester. “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”.
“Mohammed undertook a unsafe journey to flee war and death in Syria, only to meet it here in the United Kingdom, in his own home”, the Syrian Solidarity Campaign said in a statement. “He didn’t come with a bunch of police.no one even saw her”. “It will also be a subject that the criminal investigation will be looking at”.