London Metropolitan Police say 79 people are confirmed dead in the Grenfell Tower fire. Police will be releasing the names of the victims.
One of her closest allies, Damian Green, defended May on Saturday, adding that a team would go to the area to answer questions from residents.
Although police did not speculate on the eventual number of fatalities, local community sources say at least 70 from Grenfell Tower are still missing, including entire families.
Cundy promised an “exhaustive” criminal investigation into the fire that would also look at the refurbishment.
“I believe there may be people who were in Grenfell Tower that people may not know are missing and may not have realised they were in there on the night”, he said.
The Grenfell Tower fire was a “preventable accident” caused by “years of neglect” by the local council and successive governments, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said yesterday. Cundy told reporters the “awful reality” was that it might not be possible to identify all the victims.
Prime Minister Theresa May had to virtually flee the church she visited in order to meet survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire, which has killed 30 people and injured scores of others.
“Thankfully, due to all the work we have been doing over the last few days, we have located five people who we feared dead and are in fact safe and well”. She also said she will receive daily reports from the stricken neighborhood.
Hundreds have been left homeless by the blaze, putting more pressure on officials in a city already plagued by a chronic housing shortage.
Demonstrators later stormed a town hall building demanding justice for the victims of the tragedy. Survivors of the building claim that cheap materials for the cladding and a lack of maintenance on the building were to blame for the fatal fire.
Residents will be given £500 in cash followed by a bank payment for the rest from Monday, with the money coming from the £5 million fund announced by prime minister Theresa May on Friday. British officials have ordered a review of other buildings that have had similar renovations.
The tragedy has provoked a huge response from nearby communities.
Numerous displaced are living in churches and community centers.