London police say 58 people assumed dead in tower block blaze

Haunting: the first images from inside an annihilated Grenfell Tower

Seventy-nine people are dead or missing and presumed dead following a devastating blaze in a London tower block last week, police said on Monday (Jun 19), as Britain held a minute's silence for the victims.

58 people are missing and presumed dead after the Grenfell Tower fire in London, police in London have said.

Cundy said police had now managed to get to the top of the tower and had undertaken a first visual search for victims, ahead of later painstaking searches.

Police said Saturday that their investigation into the blaze would look at the building and its 2016 refurbishment, and vowed to bring prosecutions "if there is evidence".

Cundy added that the death toll could rise.

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 coordination between support services.

Police do not expect to find any survivors inside the 24-storey concrete tower, which contained 120 apartments.

There is simmering anger in the multi-ethnic north Kensington area hit by the blaze, and public fury has been directed at senior government figures, including May, who was jeered Friday after she visited.

He said: 'For me, this is a human tragedy'.

"As we do everything we can to help them, we will make sure they have the counselling and emotional support they need in the hard days, weeks and years ahead". "But we need to make sure that that actually happens".

However, it is warned that "conditions due to the fire damage verge on indescribable".

May, who has faced criticism of her response to the tragedy, met victims, volunteers and community leaders at Downing Street.

The payments are being made up of £500 cash and £5,000 which is to go into bank accounts.

To quell the mounting anger, May pledged to rehouse those who lost their homes in three weeks.

"My commitment to families is that as soon as we can, we will locate and recover their loved ones." the commander said. "United in our sadness, we are equally determined, without fear or favor, to support all those rebuilding lives so horribly affected by injury and loss".

"That is also an absolute priority for the investigation - to establish who they may be", he added.

Angry protesters chanting "We want justice" stormed their way into the Kensington and Chelsea town hall on Friday. The queen said it was "difficult to escape a very somber mood" on what is normally a day of celebration.

Queen Elizabeth II said the disaster had cast a sombre pall over Britain, but insisted the country was showing resolve in the face of adversity.

There are another 43 social workers from across London who have started to help assess and support the affected families.



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