Published: Sun, June 18, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

May earmarks relief money for London fire victims; death toll at 30

May earmarks relief money for London fire victims; death toll at 30

At least 58 people, who are missing, are presumed to have died in the Grenfell Tower fire, London police said.

Cundy added that the police will investigate the refurbishment of the building in 2016 and also vowed to act against those confirmed responsible for the tragedy.

Metropolitan Police commander Stuart Cundy has said that there are still some bodies in Grenfell tower but conditions have been too hazardous to retrieve them.

Morocco said seven of its nationals were among the dead.

Cundy said there may have been other people in the tower that police are not aware of, which would add to the final death toll.

Dozens of police officers held back booing crowds and broke up scuffles as her auto drove off from local church, where she had met survivors, residents and volunteers and promised new funds for those affected.

May has faced criticism for not meeting with survivors during her first visit to the site after the blaze, the wire service reports.

May has announced a judge-led inquiry into what happened, and on Friday promised a £5 million ($6.4 million, 5.7 million euro) fund for emergency supplies, food and clothing.

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Prime Minister Theresa May's government earlier sought to quell anger over the fire, pledging to support the victims of the blaze after protesters jeered her when she visited local residents.

"It is hard to escape a very sombre national mood", she said in a message marking the event.

Two days after the fire broke out early Wednesday in the local authority-owned apartment block, firefighters were yet to access some of the floors due to worries about the stability of the structure.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince William visited with people affected by the fire Friday at a makeshift gathering place to counsel friends and relatives.

"There's a need for the public to hear you say in words of one syllable: 'Something bad has happened; something has gone badly wrong". British officials have ordered a review of other buildings that have had similar renovations.

The tragedy has provoked a big response from nearby communities that have donated food and shelter to the victims.

People chanted "We want justice" and "shame on you", as several of the demonstrators held a sit-in protest inside the town hall. More than $3.8 million has been raised for the victims. "And once it's safe, they are going to go into the building", he said, in an attempt to calm the crowds. Numerous displaced are living in churches and community centers.

"I know that they are looking at us to save them".

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