London Mayor Sadiq Khan: Dated UK tower blocks could be torn down

More than 250 firefighters tackled the blaze in north Kensington as London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton said the scene looked like a "disaster movie".

Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy said five people had been formally identified and the rest were "sadly" missing presumed dead.

A minimum of £5,500 will be allocated to each household.

One photo shows a burnt-out elevator on an undisclosed floor of the Grenfell Tower that was ravaged in Wednesday's inferno, while another shows an apartment reduced to rubble and white ash.

The Commander went on to warn that some victims may never be identified "due to the intensity of the fire".

"I believe there may be people who were in Grenfell Tower that people may not know were missing and may not have realised they were in there on the night".

Over the last four days, British police have worked hard to try to provide greater clarity on the number of people that are believed to have died in the fire.

They said: "We naturally welcome funds for those in need, though this does show once more the tendency to sideline residents' views".

A team of civil servants has been embedded in the Council office after residents complained they had been left with little support or information from officials, the BBC reported.

"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".

After a botched snap election that lost her party its majority in parliament, the prime minister is facing criticism for her response to the blaze that engulfed the 24-storey apartment block of social housing on Wednesday. The measures were announced following the second meeting of the Grenfell Tower Recovery Taskforce, chaired by the Prime Minister.

In a statement, Eleanor Kelly, chief executive of Southwark Council, praised the emergency services and the reaction from the community, but made plain the initial response "was simply not good enough on the ground".

Two British officials have said that new exterior cladding used in a renovation of Grenfell Tower may have been banned under United Kingdom building regulations. Survivors of the building claim that cheap materials for the cladding and a lack of maintenance on the building were to blame for the fatal fire.

Meanwhile, Queen Elizabeth II struck a mournful tone in an address to mark her official birthday Saturday, remarking not only on the blaze at the high-rise building but also on the recent terrorist attacks in Manchester and London.

Having visited residents and volunteers near the tower on Friday with her grandson William, the queen also led a minute's silence in Buckingham Palace on Saturday. "This is an absolutely bad fire that took place", May said.

British Prime Minister Theresa May, criticized shortly after the blaze for failing to meet with victims, says the public inquiry looking into the tragedy will report directly to her.

"I do understand for the people of Grenfell Tower that is no consolation, but if we were to change that advice now and have everyone evacuating through single staircases, it would cause more problems and more injuries".

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