79 believed to have died in London high-rise fire

79 believed to have died in London high-rise fire

Police confirmed on Monday morning that at least 79 people are missing or presumed dead from the catastrophic fire that ripped through Grenfell Tower in west London last Wednesday.

British media have reported that contractors installed a cheaper, less flame-resistant type of exterior paneling on the 24-story tower in a renovation that was completed just previous year.

London Police Commander Stuart Cundy said his team, along with firefighters, had been working night and day to assess the devastation and attempt to recover bodies.

All the images were taken in units where police know that everyone inside has been accounted for.

Mr Cundy added: “Sadly that work leads me to believe that the number of people missing, but as yet unaccounted for has risen from yesterday’s figure of 58″.

He says tower residents who survived fear a cover-up will keep the truth from coming out.

He says it may be necessary for numerous outmoded tower blocks built in the 1970s to be demolished because of safety concerns.

And May said that support for families “who needed help or basic information in the initial hours” following the disaster “was not good enough“, according to the Press Association.

She says she will receive daily reports from the stricken neighborhood, where hundreds of people have been displaced.

“It is hard to escape a very sombre national mood”, the queen said in a statement to mark her official birthday – an occasion that typically does not result in any public comments from the monarch.

Having ordered an emergency aid package for the fire survivors and a full public inquiry into the incident, Prime Minister Theresa May held a meeting Saturday with some of the survivors and family members of victims at a government office.

The GRT includes London-wide local and regional government, central government, British Red Cross, Metropolitan Police and London Fire Brigade.

Over the weekend, Queen Elizabeth paid homage to the victims at the annual Trooping the Colour ceremony. “But my understanding is that the best advice is that retrofitting sprinklers may not always be the best technical way of ensuring fire safety in a building”, he said.

The tower’s flammable cladding is widely believed to be the main reason for the rapid spread of the blaze.

A short walk away, however, are apartments and houses that cost millions of pounds and are home to a wealthy elite that residents of the Grenfell Tower had seen as a world apart. He said there are roughly 2,500 similar apartment towers throughout Britain.

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