Grenfell Tower Survivors Getting Just £10 From Local Council, Reveals Volunteer

Virginia Carter
June 19, 2017

Fifty-eight people who were in Grenfell Tower are still missing and are presumed to be dead, London police announced Saturday, raising the death toll in the horrific inferno that turned the public housing block into a charred hulk. It is feared many are trapped inside the blazing building as the fire broke out in the wee hours of Wednesday.

The cause of Wednesday's blaze is still under investigation, but anger has mounted in the community amid reports that exterior paneling used in an extensive renovation completed past year may have been banned by United Kingdom rules.

He said: "Clearly it's quite unprecedented for 16 very ordinary people, who this time last week were walking their dogs or talking to each other in the streets around here and north Kensington, actually to be in 10 Downing Street talking face-to-face with the prime minister". He says it will take weeks or longer to recover and identify all the dead at the building.

"The figure of 58 are those who are missing and that we have to presume are dead", said Cundy.

"What I'm now absolutely focused on is ensuring that we get that support on the ground".

He says it may be necessary for numerous outmoded tower blocks built in the 1970s to be demolished because of safety concerns.

Police have been struggling to come up with an authoritative list of who was in the building when the fire started, making it hard to determine how many had died.

Commander Stuart Cundy, a spokesman for London's Metropolitan Police, also cautioned there may have been people in the tower that police are not aware of, which would add to the death toll. He asked anyone who was in the tower and survived to contact police immediately.

Police say the harrowing search for remains had paused Friday because of safety concerns at the blackened tower but has resumed. Speaking earlier in the week, he said: "It can not be acceptable that in London you have luxury buildings and luxury flats kept as land banking for the future while the homeless and the poor look for somewhere to live".

1 dead, 10 hurt in crash near mosque suspected as terrorism
A Metropolitan Police statement said: "Police were called just after 12.20am to reports of a van in collision with pedestrians". The crash occurred near the Finsbury Park mosque . "He tried to kill a lot of people so obviously it's a terrorist attack".

With anger mounting over the government's handling of the blaze, May met residents from the Grenfell Tower and vowed to personally oversee the recovery as protesters gathered to demonstrate in the streets around her residence for a second day.

After meeting with survivors of the fire on Friday, May announced a 5 million pound ($6.4 million) fund to help them in their plight.

But Mark Cripps, a spokesman for Municipal Affairs Minister Bill Mauro, said the Ontario Building Code also stipulates that if "combustible cladding" is used on a building over three storeys, the structure must be equipped with automatic sprinkler protection.

The identification of the victims is proving very hard - which experts attribute to the extreme heat of the fire.

A minute's silence will be held at 11:00am (1000 GMT) across Britain on Monday to remember the victims.

The Queen has acknowledged it is "difficult to escape a very sombre national mood" following recent tragedies in Manchester and London while delivering her official birthday message. She also says she will receive daily reports from the stricken neighborhood. Hundreds have been left homeless, putting more pressure on officials in a city plagued by a chronic housing shortage.

Anger boiled over on Friday as people stormed Kensington & Chelsea Town Hall.

The fire has left the building nearly completely charred, and there were concerns about the tower's structural integrity, as it appeared to lean slightly to one side.

Experts say the cladding and the insulation it contained seems to have spread the flames quickly along the exterior of the building, overwhelming safety devices like fire doors. British officials have ordered a review of other buildings that have had similar renovations. More than $3.8 million has been raised for the victims.

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