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Anger erupts in London as Grenfell protesters take to the streets

Anger erupts in London as Grenfell protesters take to the streets”

May visited the scene of the fire on Thursday but angered many people by not meeting those affected by the fire.

Water being sprayed on the torched building.

Meanwhile, Metropolitan Police commander Stuart Cundy responded to speculation that the number of dead could exceed 100, saying: "From a personal perspective, I really hope it isn't".

Downing Street announced a £5m fund for emergency supplies, food and clothing for victims amid fears the death toll will rise, with more than 70 people in total still believed to be unaccounted for. His campaign has raised more than £12,000 by Friday afternoon (16Jun17). As of this writing, only three of the victims have been identified. Of those, 10 remain in critical condition.

But fury has grown in the local community at what people say is the slow response from authorities to the fire and a failure to inform families and friends about the fate of loved ones.

An investigation into the cause of the blaze, the worst in the British capital in a generation, was underway. But the shock at its scale turned to anger and recriminations on Thursday. Fire experts say the investigators will need to look at what materials were used in the project and who approved their use.

While the deadly blaze at the Grenfell Tower in North Kensington has prompted an outpouring of generosity, it has also unleashed rage at the authorities as the charred tower was cast as a deadly symbol of a divided society.

Al Haj Ali's brother, Omar, who shared the 14th-floor apartment, described a chaotic rescue effort to the BBC.

"We as the police, we investigate criminal offences - I am not sitting here and saying there are criminal offences that have been committed, that's why you do an investigation, to establish it".

The London Fire Brigade says that it does not expect to find any more survivors after the blaze. "We just want answers", said Buamani, who came to the protest with her three-year-old niece on her shoulders. "We need to know exactly the number of people who were there during this tragedy". "People deserve answers; the inquiry will give them".

Residents had long complained about fire safety risks at Grenfell Tower during a refurbishment project completed a year ago, but said their concerns went unheeded.

Using drones and sniffer dogs, firefighters continued Friday to search the burned-out hulk that looms over Notting Dale, a low-income community next to the super-affluent Notting Hill neighborhood in west London.

"We have to get to the bottom of this".

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said people were frustrated by the lack of information about the missing and the dead as well as a lack of co-ordination between support services.

"How many children died?" Khan replied that firefighters were still searching the building.

The package is also to include a commitment to ensure that all who lost their homes are re-housed as soon as possible near where they lived, temporary accommodation is paid for and that all victims are consulted during a public inquiry into the fire.

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

Others gathered seeking news of the missing.

"Mohammed undertook a unsafe journey to flee war and death in Syria, only to meet it here in the United Kingdom, in his own home", the Syrian Solidarity Campaign said in a statement.

"I kept calling and calling", she told Reuters.



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