Published: Вс, Июня 18, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

May admits London fire response 'not good enough'


On Saturday afternoon 58 people were confirmed to be missing, presumed dead.

Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy said that number "may increase" further and that the "significant" recovery operation is likely to take weeks.

Cundy said that because the fire was so powerful there was "a risk that sadly we may not be able to identify everybody".

British Prime Minister Theresa May is to meet victims of the Grenfell Tower fire disaster in her 10 Downing Street office on Saturday, officials said.

As she left St Clement's Church following a visit lasting less than an hour, the PM faced cries of "coward" and "shame on you".

Although police did not speculate on the eventual number of fatalities, local community sources say at least 70 from Grenfell Tower are still missing, including entire families.

Mrs May has promised a public inquiry into the catastrophe, and also pledged £5 million (Dh23.5m) of support, housing guarantees and help with access to bank accounts and cash.

Ms May says she "spoke with people who ran from the fire in only the clothes they were wearing".

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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".

Officials have yet to answer several key questions: What caused the fire, could it have been prevented and why aren't people getting the aid they desperately need now?

Mustafa then asked them to keep the protest peaceful, adding: "You have been wonderful - please stay the awesome people that you are".

Queen Elizabeth and her grandson Prince William visited a community center Friday close to where the disaster happened, and spoke to people affected by the tragedy. In her traditional birthday message, the 91-year-old monarch made a reference to the "succession of awful tragedies", a day after she paid a visit to people affected by the massive Grenfell Tower blaze in west London.

"Put to the test, the United Kingdom has been resolute in the face of adversity", the queen wrote in her message. "What we are doing is putting in place the support that will help them", she added.

After a tumultuous week that pitched Britain into its deepest political crisis since the Brexit referendum a year ago, May's future was already uncertain due to her failed gamble on a snap election. "This Prime Minister is not viable".

The prime minister was pictured through a long lens camera being briefed by senior figures of the emergency services visiting the site but not meeting any of the residents.

May met victims privately at a central London hospital on Friday and had expressed her sorrow on television on Thursday after meeting emergency services personnel.

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