London Fire: UK government rushes staff for rehabilitation of victims

19 Juin, 2017, 18:35 | Author: Claudine Rigal

"Whilst I sincerely hope that our work over the coming days means that we (will be) able to say that less people are confirmed as having died, I also have to consider the sad reality that this may rise", Metropolitan Police Cmdr.

"It is hard to escape a very somber 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.

Elizabeth was born on April 21, 1926 in Bruton Street in central London when Calvin Coolidge was the US President and Josef Stalin had just taken control in the Soviet Union.

Her government is trying to make up ground in reacting to a fire that trapped people in their beds in the early hours of Wednesday, with many unable to escape as the flames raced up the building, cutting off exit routes and forcing some to jump.

The horrific fire early Wednesday morning has put increased pressure on May and her senior ministers at a time when her authority has been weakened by an election that saw her Conservative Party lose its majority in Parliament.

Activists and local residents held demonstrations at the borough's town hall, London's Oxford Street, the United Kingdom home office, the BBC, and the prime minister's official residence at Number 10 Downing Street to vent their frustrations. She also says she will receive daily reports from the stricken neighborhood.

The identities of some of the victims, including children, have emerged in local media.

Fire safety experts believe that cladding put on the building's exterior during a renovation previous year was less fire retardant, which may have fueled the blaze.

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The building's external cladding has come under intense scrutiny after the tragedy in which 58 people are presumed dead. "It may well be the defining outcome of this tragedy that the worst mistakes of the 1960s and 1970s are systematically torn down", he said.

So as questions mount, what needs to be done to ensure tragedies like Grenfell Tower don't occur again and who is really to blame?

A "Grenfell Fire Response Team", pooling resources from local and national government, the British Red Cross, police and fire brigade is also being set up, to focus primarily on finding new homes for survivors as quickly as possible.

The 23-year-old Alhajali is the only victim of the Grenfell Tower fire to be officially named.

A short walk away, however, are apartments and houses that cost millions and are home to a wealthy elite. And obviously that will be a subject that the (public) inquiry will look at.

Residents who met Theresa May in Downing Street on Saturday said that while they welcomed the funds, they had not been consulted before the announcement was made.

Neither side immediately released details. "As Prime Minister, I will be responsible for implementing its findings". Residents want answers on why the fire spread so quickly, trapping numerous estimated 600 residents.

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