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Death toll climbs to 30 in London Grenfell Tower fire

Death toll climbs to 30 in London Grenfell Tower fire

Police Commander Stuart Cundy said Saturday it will take weeks or longer to recover and identify all the dead in the public housing block that was devastated by a fire early Wednesday.

Cundy said efforts to trace missing people had led him to believe that the number could be higher.

Mr Khan said: "The people I have met have shown their resilience, they have shown a community coming together to grieve but also a community frustrated and angry".

"Sadly at this time there are 58 people who we were told were in Grenfell Tower on the night, who were missing, who I have to assume are dead".

Hundreds of protesters also marched on Whitehall, central London, to voice their frustration at the Government's response to the fire, which ripped through the tower block in north Kensington on Wednesday morning.

Families of the victims and residents of Grenfell said they were furious that the local government had for years ignored their complaints about the building's lack of measures in case of fire and had not adequately attended to survivors of the blaze.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has ordered a judge-led full public inquiry into the incident and is expected to pay a visit to the injured in one of the London hospitals after she faced criticism over her failure to meet the victims during a visit to the site on Thursday.

According to the Guardian, local residents became frustrated after May swiftly departed after her visit St Clement's church on Friday, leading to cries of "shame on you" and "coward" from a large crowd that had assembled to hear her speak.

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Told there was a need for the public to hear her say something had gone badly wrong and the Government accepted responsibility, Mrs May said: "Something bad has happened".

She also noted that an emergency fund of more than $6 million has begun to be "distributed on the ground so people can buy clothes, food and other essentials".

The identification of the victims is proving very hard - which experts attribute to the extreme heat of the fire.

The tragedy has provoked a big response from nearby communities that have donated food and shelter to the victims.

Numerous displaced are living in churches and community centers. "We were seeking a change to the building regulations for that very objective", he added.

Some Grenfell residents had warned months ago that fire safety issues at the tower left it at risk of a "catastrophic" event.

Two neighbouring Tube lines are to be partly suspended into a second day amid safety concerns of debris falling on to the tracks.


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