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58 missing, presumed dead in London highrise fire, police say

18 Juin 2017

By Saturday, officials counted 58 people missing and presumed dead, including 30 deaths previously confirmed.

The latest figure included the 30 already confirmed to have died in the devastating fire on Wednesday.

Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy said that number "may increase" further and that the "significant" recovery operation is likely to take weeks.

"We've got our agencies working with a sense of urgency about this and as soon as we can we will bring forward any action we need to take". The Queen said during a recent visit to meet victims of the Grenfell Tower fire that she was struck by the inclination of people to offer comfort and support to those affected.

Residents affected by the Grenfell Tower atrocity were passionate and angry during a lengthy exchange with the Prime Minister, a bishop who sat with them revealed.

"The scale of this tragedy is clearly proving too much for the local authority to cope with on their own", the mayor said in his open letter to the prime minister.

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The tragedy cast a pall on the Trooping the Color festivities that mark the official birthday of Queen Elizabeth II.

"I don't care the reason, I want to know and we all want to know that you are safe and well", he said.

The embattled May has been under relentless criticism since visiting and leaving the scene Thursday without talking to any of those who had lost their homes in the blaze.

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A sign at Ladbroke Grove station said "owing to the safety of the Tower" the lines had been partly suspended.

"The response of the emergency services, NHS [National Health Service] and the community has been heroic", May said in a statement released Saturday after the prime minister met with victims and community leaders.

What makes the London fire maddening for fire experts who believe in the "stay put" rule is that the Grenfell may have lacked numerous safety redundancies necessary to make it work. He promised an exhaustive investigation into the fire which would include scrutiny of the renovation works on the block which some experts believe may have left the building more vulnerable to the catastrophic blaze. "However, there may be other people who were in there on the night that others were not aware were there", he said.

She said that the government has begun distributing funds from a $6.4 emergency fund created to assist victims of the blaze, and housing officials are conducting safety checks of other public high-rise towers in London. On Saturday, protestors had gathered at Whitehall and demanded her resignation.

"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".

"It is hard to escape a very sombre national mood", Elizabeth said in a message on her official birthday.

"Put to the test, the United Kingdom has been resolute in the face of adversity", the queen wrote in her message.

Writing in the Observer, Mr Khan said it may well be the "defining outcome of this tragedy that the worst mistakes" of that era become a thing of the past. "United in our sadness, we are equally determined, without fear or favour, to support all those rebuilding lives so horribly affected by injury and loss".

Told there was a need for the public to hear her say something had gone badly wrong and the Government accepted responsibility, Mrs May said: "Something awful has happened".