UK govt rushes staff for rehabilitation of London fire victims

Virginia Carter
June 19, 2017

Following the meeting, May issued in a statement in which she acknowledged that "support on the ground for families that needed help or basic information in the initial hours after this appalling disaster was not good enough".

"I've heard stories of heroism - from Christians, from Muslims and from others - looking after their brothers and sisters and neighbors, and doing the job that we expect from this brilliant, fantastic community that is here in this part of London", he said outside St Clement's Church, which is also operating as a relief center for survivors.

The meeting is unlikely to quell complaints that May has been slow to reach out to fire survivors, despite her announcement of a $6.4 million emergency fund to help the displaced families.

There is simmering anger in the multi-ethnic north Kensington area hit by the blaze, and public fury has been directed at senior government figures, including May, who was jeered Friday after she visited the fire community.

It came after she met victims of the blaze at Downing Street, amid criticism she had not seen them in the immediate wake of the disaster. "The people are waking up to the right-wing, mainstream media and May just doesn't get the public mood".

If the number is confirmed, it would make the Grenfell Tower blaze the deadliest in London since World War Two.

The tower underwent refurbishment by construction firm, Rydon, in 2016, and it has since emerged that a cheaper, more flammable version of the exterior cladding was used in the work.

"The conditions within Grenfell Tower are particularly hazardous".

The London Evening Standard reported that hundreds of activists marched to the town hall and gathered outside the building on Friday chanting: "We want justice". Grief turned to outrage Friday amid reports that materials used in the building's renovation could have fueled the inferno that left dozens dead and missing as it decimated the public housing block.

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The search of the 24-floor building had been paused on Friday due to safety concerns, but has now resumed, Cundy said.

"My heart goes out to those affected", Cundy said.

Cundy said authorities plan to release video and photographs from inside the badly-charred building. Her First Secretary of State, Damian Green, defended the prime minister, saying she was as "distraught as we all are".

Some residents had warned months ago that the tower represented a unsafe fire risk. "It is a truly terrifying thought but the Grenfell Action Group firmly believe that only a catastrophic event will expose the ineptitude and incompetence of our landlord, the KCTMO".

Newly-elected Labour MP Emma Coat Dent called for the situation to be addressed by Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council "without delay".

Opponents said May's handling of the fire had thrust her position further into doubt by showing a failure to feel the public mood and act decisively.

Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip have observed a minute of silence to honour the victims of the London high-rise fire. They paid their respects before the start of the annual Trooping the Color procession that marks the observance of the queen's birthday.

The 91-year-old monarch said that Britain remains "resolute in the face of adversity" after the horrendous fire and recent extremist attacks in London and Manchester.

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