Minute's silence to be held for Grenfell Tower victims

Share

Police searching for human remains inside the burnt-out shell of the Grenfell Tower said they believe that at least 58 missing people have died, a figure that includes 30 fatalities so far confirmed.

As of Friday, London police said 30 people have died in the Grenfell blaze.

Investigators believe the fire started at around 1 a.m. local time Wednesday on the fourth floor of the 24-story Grenfell Tower.

The reason for that - at one point, in terms of our casualty bureau, there were 400 people who were reported missing from Grenfell Tower.

In his latest update on the recovery operation, Mr Cundy said a search of the burnt out building in north Kensington had resumed after a brief pause because of fears about the safety of the structure.

The death toll had previously stood at 30 and officials added that it would likely take weeks for all the bodies to be recovered and some may never be identified.

The presumed death toll from the London tower block inferno jumped to 58 yesterday as embattled Prime Minister Theresa May, accused of misreading the growing anger over the tragedy, pledged action after meeting survivors desperately seeking answers.

Syrian army declares 2-day combat cessation in southern city
The Syrian Army and Iran-backed militias have stepped up efforts to capture the rebel-held parts of Daraa in recent weeks. In Washington , the US State Department welcomed the initiative to reduce tensions and violence in southern Syria.

The invitation to Downing Street came after May faced cries of "Shame on you!" and "Coward!" on Friday as security staff bundled her into her vehicle following a meeting with locals at a church hall.

"It is hard to escape a very sombre national mood", Elizabeth said in a message on her official birthday. She says "the support on the ground for families who needed help or basic information in the initial hours after this appalling disaster was not good enough".

"The fire at Grenfell Tower was an unimaginable tragedy for the community, and for our country".

Between 50 and 60 people stormed Kensington and Chelsea Town Hall as members of the public demanded the council, which owned the tower blocks, to give reassurances to the victims.

"Statistics tell us that defend in place remains the best policy and is based on sound principles as it enables firefighters to work unhindered and protects against the apathy that can develop from exposure to false alarms", he said. "But we try to make sure people know there are features and redundancies in buildings that you can count on, and you can stay put". "I absolutely get why they're angry".

The fire forced residents to flee through black smoke down the single stairwell, jump out of windows or even drop their children from the 120-apartment building.

"It has been decided today that the public inquiry will report back to me personally", May said.

Death toll climbs to 30 in London Grenfell Tower fire
I spoke with people who ran from the fire in only the clothes they were wearing. "I thought they took him outside with me". Unfortunately, that number is only expected to rise as officials continue to search for dozens of missing persons.

Grenfell Tower burned down on Wednesday, June 14.

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.

Sixteen "very ordinary people" sat in Downing Street to bring their concerns to May in an "unprecedented" meeting on Saturday and finally felt they were listened to, the Bishop of Kensington, Dr Graham Tomlin said.

The move comes after Khan wrote an open letter to U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, who chairs the task-force, saying people were frustrated by the lack of information about the victims, as well as a lack of coordination between support services.

Community groups have said warnings about poor fire safety have always been ignored, and that in the aftermath of the disaster, officials had failed to immediately take care of those affected. This year, however, it is very hard to escape a very sombre national mood.

"This prime minister is not viable".

Tory-DUP deal announcement 'delayed' due to London blaze
Meanwhile, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has demanded details of any Conservative-DUP deal, calling it a "nonsense situation". The fire dealt a fresh blow to the capital less than two weeks after the London Bridge terrorist attack.

Share