Number of people assumed dead in London tower block blaze to rise

Yohana aged six drew this image of the tower ablaze as she wrote'Grenfell tower burnt! next to

Cundy said there may have been other people in the tower who police are not aware of, and that could increase the death toll.

Police Commander Stuart Cundy said Saturday it will take weeks or longer to recover and identify all the dead in the public housing block that was devastated by a fire early Wednesday.

They said they would provide an updated figure on Monday.

Weakened by a botched election gamble last week, May has been criticized for her muted response to the fire and had to be rushed away from a meeting with residents on Friday under heavy police guard as protesters shouted "Shame on you". Firefighters leaving the scene were greeted by cheers and applause.

The update from police came as Prime Minster Theresa May met for more than two hours with survivors of the blaze at her office at 10 Downing Street.

She has promised to set up a public inquiry and pledged 5 million pounds ($6.39 million) of support, housing guarantees and help with access to bank accounts and cash.

After attending a service for victims, Mr Khan said the fire was a national disaster requiring a national response.

The government says all those who lost their homes are to receive £5500. We must not let them down. But it is a bad tragedy.

"It is hard to escape a very sombre national mood", she said in a message marking the event. May was jeered after she made a visit to the community Friday.

The queen and her husband, Prince Philip, stood silently on the steps of Buckingham Palace before the start of the Trooping the Color ceremony that each year marks the queen's official birthday, which is traditionally celebrated in June when the weather is warm.

"Today is traditionally a day of celebration", the Queen said in a statement.

"Everyone affected by this tragedy needs reassurance that the government is there for them at this bad time-and that is what I am determined to provide", she said.

It said: "We are devastated by this tragedy". "United in our sadness, we are equally determined, without fear or favor, to support all those rebuilding lives so horribly affected by injury and loss".

The anger on the streets of London's North Kensington has been growing in the past 48 hours.

The Grenfell Tower in west London, built in the 1970s and renovated several times, contains 120 homes.

Three short video clips and a handful of still images, released by the Metropolitan Police on Sunday evening, show remnants of appliances coated in ash as sunlight pours in through the glass-less windows. Demonstrators gathered outside, protesting about several issues including the fire.

The Grenfell Tower disaster was a "preventable accident" following "years of neglect" by successive governments, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said as the council chief leading the response to the crisis defended the relief effort.

Trade Minister Greg Hands added that the government is conducting what he called an "urgent inspection" of some 2,500 other tower blocks across Britain to evaluate their safety.

A criminal investigation and government inquiry will probe whether the regulations were broken when the building was refurbished, Hammond said. A team of senior detectives is investigating.

He added that all political parties "need to ask serious questions about why recommendations in the past have not been implemented". No sprinkler system was installed.

Two nearby Underground lines were partially shut down Saturday in the fire area to make sure that debris did not land on the tracks.

Many families are still searching for loved ones.

A lawyer for the family told CNN that Trevisan spoke with her parents before she died, telling them: "I am going to heaven".



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