58 presumed dead in Grenfell Tower fire in London: Cops

Angry protests after London fire

"There are 58 people who we have been told were in Grenfell Tower on the night that are missing and therefore, sadly, I have to assume that they are dead".

The Guardian and the BBC have reported in recent days that panels with a PE core were used in a refurbishment of the 24-storey tower bock that was completed previous year.

But that figure could change, he said.

Friends and relatives of Zainab Dean, one of the people still missing after a fire engulfed Grenfell Tower, a 24 storey building gather, near the building, in west London. "Is there anyone else in that flat?' And he turned around and looked at me and said, 'My brother - but he's dead".

Police have opened a criminal investigation into the circumstances of the blaze. Police had previously put the death toll at 30.

He says it may be necessary for numerous outmoded tower blocks built in the 1970s to be demolished because of safety concerns. "The work to search the building is challenging, but naturally could never be done quickly enough for those now having to live with the uncertainty of knowing where their loved ones are".

Public anger has been mounting over the British government's handling of the blaze, with Prime Minister Theresa May admitting that the response from authorities had not been good enough. The group left after a meeting that lasted more than two hours but did not speak to reporters gathered outside.

The government has set up a £5 million ($6.4 million, 5.7 million euros) emergency fund for the Grenfell Tower residents, allocating a minimum £5,500 to each household with £500 cash payments already being handed out.

Labour MP David Lammy said he had heard similar stories when he met local people on Saturday.

The borough said Friday that all residents of Grenfell Tower who had asked for help had been housed in hotels and that it was looking for interim accommodation for those people and others living nearby who could not return home. British health authorities say that 19 fire survivors are still being treated at London hospitals, and 10 of them remain in critical condition. This relies on dental records, fingerprints and DNA when possible and also features like tattoos or scars.

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

Among the criticisms launched at May was also her government's failure to provide up to the minute information to survivors.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the devastating Grenfell Tower block fire was caused by "years of neglect", describing the tragedy as "a national disaster that requires a national response".

"It is hard to escape a very sombre national mood", she said in a message marking the event. Hundreds have been left homeless by the blaze, 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.

Experts believe the building's cladding, which contained insulation, helped the flames spread quickly up the outside of the housing complex.

Being relieved of responsibility is hugely embarrassing for a council that is the wealthiest in the country and sits on a £270 million reserve.

Britain's trade minister says the exterior paneling used on the exterior of the London high-rise, in which dozens were killed in a fire, appears to have violated building rules. Numerous displaced are living in churches and community centres. There is ample food and water, but very little privacy or proper bedding.

Some residents had warned months ago that the tower represented a unsafe fire risk.

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