Sadiq Khan: Anger over Grenfell Tower fire follows 'years of neglect'

The burnt out remains of the Grenfell apartment tower are seen in North Kensington London Britain

Facing fierce criticism over its response to London high-rise inferno, the British government has sent its staff to assist local council authorities in rehabilitation of victims of the deadly blaze that claimed at least 58 lives and rendered hundreds homeless.

"However, there may be other people who were in there on the night that others were not aware were there", warned Metropolitan police Commander Stuart Cundy.

Scotland Yard has said the rescue operation by emergency services on the site will take weeks and the death toll is also expected to rise further, though not all victims may be identified due to the nature of the burns.

The cladding used on Grenfell Tower, which has been widely blamed for spreading the blaze, is banned in the UK, Philip Hammond has said.

The government has promised a full public inquiry, but that has done little to a sense of frustration and anger among residents and neighbours who demand answers for how the blaze spread so quickly and trapped so numerous tower's roughly 600 residents.

The government is carrying out an "urgent inspection" of roughly 2,500 similar tower blocks across the country to assess their safety.

"As recent bad events in London and Manchester have brought to light, Blue Light workers do an extremely challenging job, encountering hard and traumatic situations", he said.

Sadiq Khan has joined a congregation at a church service near Grenfell Tower.

The fire ripped through the 24-story tower early Wednesday.

"What I'm now absolutely focused on is ensuring that we get that support on the ground", May said in a BBC Newsnight interview.

The prince's embrace broke with royal protocol - touching royal members is historically reserved for handshakes - and instead embraced the distressed woman who was reportedly desperate to locate her husband who was trapped an elevator during the time of the fire.

She said: "It was very different to get hold of information through [Kensington], we weren't able to get things done as quickly as possible".

Leeds City Council has also said it is reviewing fire safety at all the 116 multi-storey buildings it manages. Her First Secretary of State, Damian Green, defended the prime minister, saying she was as "distraught as we all are".

The Home Office said it was "making arrangements" for the family of 23-year-old Syrian refugee Mohammad Alhajali - the first victim to be formally identified - to travel to the United Kingdom for his funeral.

"When the truth comes out about this tragedy, we may find that there is blood on the hands of a number of organizations", Lammy said. "We do have a duty of care to all our residents and whatever findings and failings come out, they have to come out soon because all the community, the victims, the families, people need answers".

However, May did not support a proposal put forward by Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the opposition Labour Party, to seize unoccupied properties to re-house survivors of the fire, the spokeswoman said.

Posters of people missing are stuck to a lamp post near Grenfell Tower in London, Saturday, June 17, 2017.

Pressed again on whether she had failed to understand the anger felt by the public, she said: "This was a awful tragedy that took place".

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