Tower blocks of 60s and 70s could be torn down - London mayor

Cheryl Sanders
June 18, 2017

The new exterior cladding used in a renovation on London's Grenfell Tower may have been banned under United Kingdom building regulations, two British ministers said Sunday as police continued their investigation into the inferno that killed at least 58 people.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said Sunday after attending a church service several blocks from the tower that the fatal blaze was entirely preventable.

In the latest update on Saturday, Commander Stuart Cundy said officers have now established there were 58 people known to have been in the tower at the time of the disaster and who are still missing.

Metropolitan Police Cdr Stuat Cundy said: "I have always said I will be accurate about what I know, so the next figure of those presumed dead and missing will be released tomorrow, Monday, 19 June".

As NPR's Merrit Kennedy reported, the Grenfell Tower fire has aroused the ire of those who feel it was caused by corporate malfeasance and who feel Prime Minister Theresa May's government is not doing enough to respond.

"But, frankly, 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".

With anger mounting over the government's handling of the blaze, May on Saturday (Sunday NZ time) met residents from the Grenfell Tower apartment block and pledged to support the victims as protesters gathered in the streets around her residence for a second day.

Morocco said seven of its nationals were among the dead.

With rehousing victims a main priority, Mr Corbyn told The Independent: "It is absolutely critical that all the residents of Grenfell Tower are rehoused in the community they love".

She stood for a minute's silence at the start of her birthday parade on Saturday.

The 91-year-old monarch said that Britain remains "resolute in the face of adversity" after the horrendous fire and recent extremist attacks in London and Manchester.

"It is hard to escape a very sombre national mood", Elizabeth said in a message on her official birthday.

Earlier, Londoners confronted and shouted at a Tory cabinet minister at the scene of the fire, while Ms May's chief of staff fled reporters asking why he had failed to undertake a called-for safety review. Hundreds have been left homeless, putting more pressure on officials in a city plagued by a chronic housing shortage.

The tragedy has provoked a huge response from nearby communities. The British government has announced a 5 million-pound ($6.3 million) emergency fund for the victims.

She added that "some people may actually want to go to another part of London where perhaps they have a greater support network". And obviously that will be a subject that the (public) inquiry will look at. Numerous displaced are living in churches and community centers.

He added: "To those who think rules, regulations, health and safety, investment, are a bad thing, I say come to Grenfell Tower".

British officials say they are helping the Syrian family of the first officially confirmed victim of the London tower blaze to come to Britain.

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