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Presumed death toll in London tower blaze rises to 79

Presumed death toll in London tower blaze rises to 79

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has admitted that support for victims of Wednesday's deadly Grenfell Tower fire in London was "not good enough".

Many are demanding answers for how the blaze spread so quickly.

Late Sunday, the Metropolitan Police released three photos from inside Grenfell Tower, which showed in close detail how the fire charred the 24-story building that once housed up to 600 people in 120 apartments.

Members of the emergency services join people in a minute's silence for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire near the site of the blaze in North Kensington, London, on Monday.

Over the past few days, another five people who had been reported missing in the fire have been found to be safe and well, Cundy said, saying he's "so grateful" for the news.

"We're all desperately sad", said Green, who was appointed May's deputy in the wake of the general election. "I really hope it won't, but it may increase", he said.

Labour Party lawmaker David Lammy said that the government and the police should immediately seize all documents relating to the building's renovation to prevent the destruction of evidence that could show criminal wrongdoing.

Commander Stuart Cundy confirmed the news as he said that 79 people are dead or missing presumed dead in the tragedy which struck last week.

"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.

The money will come from a £5 million pot of emergency government funding to help those caught up in the disaster which was previously announced by Theresa May. Britain's Press Association says around 70 people are missing.

NHS England says the injured are being treated in four London hospitals.

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This will ensure those involved in the response to the tragedy are able "to receive targeted support should they need it", Downing Street said.

Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip have observed a minute of silence to honor the victims of the London high-rise fire.

"Put to the test, the United Kingdom has been resolute in the face of adversity".

The 91-year-old monarch said it is "difficult to escape a very somber mood" on what is normally a day of celebration.

There is simmering anger in the multi-ethnic Kensington area hit by the blaze, and public fury has been directed at senior government figures, including Prime Minister Theresa May, when they visited the stricken area.

Hundreds have been left homeless by the blaze, putting more pressure on officials in a city already plagued by a chronic housing shortage.

On Friday angry protesters chanting "We want justice" stormed their way into the Kensington and Chelsea town hall to try to confront the leaders of the local council.

The government has promised a full public inquiry, but that has done little to ease a sense of frustration at the lack of information about how the fire moved so quickly to engulf the building. British officials have ordered a review of other buildings that have had similar renovations.

Londoners and others have also donated huge amounts of food, water and clothing, and shelter, to survivors.

More than 3 million pounds ($3.8 million) has been raised for victims of the London high-rise fire that has killed at least 30 people and left dozens homeless. Many questions also center on the speed at which the fire spread.

Two nearby Underground subway lines were partially shut down Saturday in the fire area to make sure that debris from the tower did not land on the tracks.


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