Grim Search At London Blaze Site Continues as Anger Mounts

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May herself had come in for a barrage of criticism for failing to visit residents and her response to the disaster.

Fifty-eight people who were in London's Grenfell Tower are still missing and are presumed to be dead, United Kingdom police announced on Saturday, raising the death toll in an inferno earlier this week that turned the public housing block into a charred ruin.

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.

Clement's Church while angry protesters waited outside.

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.

Demonstrators hold up banners during a march in North Kensington on Friday, the same day The Guardian reported that contractors installed a cheaper, less flame-resistant type of panelling than what was available during a renovation that ended in May 2016. He asked anyone who was in the tower and survived to contact police immediately. Cundy said emergency workers have now reached the top of the tower.

Theresa May is "distraught" by the Grenfell Tower block fire, her most senior minister has said ahead of a meeting with survivors of the disaster at Downing Street. "I can confirm that a £5m emergency fund that I announced yesterday is now being distributed on the ground so people can buy clothes, food and other essentials", she added.

The identification of the victims is proving very hard - which experts attribute to the extreme heat of the fire. British health authorities say that 19 patients are still being treated at four London hospitals.

Police said they are using the INTERPOL Disaster Victim Identification Standards to identify the deceased.

Prince George and Princess Charlotte waved in excitement on the balcony of Kensington Palace today to aircrafts which flew overhead as part of celebrations for the annual Trooping the Colour procession.

"It is hard to escape a very sombre national mood", the queen said in a statement to mark her official birthday - an occasion that typically does not result in any public comments from the monarch.

Newly-appointed Indian-origin housing minister in the Department for Communities and Local Government, Alok Sharma, said, "Every single family will be rehoused in the local area". Hundreds have been left homeless, putting more pressure on officials in a city plagued by a chronic housing shortage.

Mrs May added that she has requested "daily progress reports" to ensure victims are re-homed quickly. "That is why I ordered a public inquiry, with the costs for providing victims with legal representation met by government", May said.

Residents of the tower say May was far too slow to visit the stricken community, that the building had been unsafe, and that officials have failed to give enough information and support to those who have lost relatives and their homes.

The tragedy has provoked a huge response from nearby communities. More than three million pounds ($3.8m) have been raised for the affected families.

They demanded justice for the victims and claimed Wednesday's fatal blaze was due to negligence, with many citing the cladding that was put on the 1974 concrete tower during a recent refit. There is ample food and water, but very little privacy or proper bedding, and with the tower destroyed, no one knows where they will be relocated or for how long.

Two Underground lines near the fire area were partially shut down on Saturday to make sure that debris did not land on the tracks.

The move follows widespread criticism of the local Kensington and Chelsea Council?s performance as residents of the 24-storey Grenfell Tower, which was engulfed in fire early on Wednesday, condemned the relief efforts and lack of information.

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