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May meets London blaze victims amid rising anger

May meets London blaze victims amid rising anger”

The London police on Friday said they may never be able to identify all those who died in the devastating fire that ravaged a 24-storey apartment block here.

Authorities have so far confirmed 17 deaths in the blaze that erupted early on Wednesday at the Grenfell Tower, but warned that the toll could go up as many residents were reported missing - feared still trapped inside.

"No service between Edgware Road and Hammersmith due to the recent fire in the Latimer Road area", said a tweet on the account of the Circle Line.

Metropolitan police commander Stuart Cundy said, "We know that at least 30 people who have died".

London Fire Brigade said the service has been "overwhelmed" by the support it has received from all over the world.

The letter also highlighted the importance of making sure people living in high-rise residential blocks similar to Grenfell Tower are re-assured. But Cundy said the intensity of the fire made the task of identifying victims slow and arduous at best: Some bodies were probably burned beyond identification or reduced to ash.

The update from police came as Prime Minster Theresa May met for more than two hours with survivors of the blaze at her office at 10 Downing Street.

The prime minister said that some survivors of the blaze may be rehoused in other parts of London despite an assurance from Alok Sharma, the housing minister, that this wouldn't happen.

"Sadly, at this time there are 58 people who we have been told were in the Grenfell Tower on the night that are missing".

May announced £5 million, or $6.4 million, in aid to help victims of the Grenfell Tower fire pay for emergency supplies like food, clothing and other items. They have have not been seen since the fire. "And once it's safe, they are going to go into the building", he said, in an attempt to calm the crowds.

Earlier on Saturday, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip observed a moment of silence to honor the victims. They paid their respects before the start of the annual Trooping the Color procession that marks the observance of the queen's birthday.

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

The government has promised a full public inquiry.

'The LGA continues to work closely with councils, the Government and fire chiefs to help coordinate national efforts in response to this terrible disaster.

Engineering experts and fire safety specialists believe the building's exterior cladding may have quickly fueled the blaze, overwhelming fire protection devices. Hundreds of people marched from Kensington town hall toward the gutted tower on Friday evening, some brandishing Socialist Worker Party placards emblazoned with slogans including "Defy Tory Rule" and "no justice, no peace". They say their complaints were ignored.



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