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UK govt scrambles to limit fallout from London blaze

19 Juin 2017

Emergency workers walk on the roof of the fire-gutted Grenfell Tower in London, Friday, June 16, 2017, after a fire engulfed the 24-storey building on Wednesday morning.

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

The head of state said a saddened country was showing resolve in the face of adversity and a determination to rebuild lives wrecked by "terrible" tragedy.

"As a nation, we continue to reflect and pray for all those who have been directly affected by these events".

The queen and her husband, Prince Philip, stood silently on the steps of Buckingham Palace before the start of the Trooping the Color that each year marks the queen's official birthday, which is traditionally celebrated in June when the weather is warm.

If that death toll is confirmed, it would make the Grenfell Tower blaze the deadliest in London since the Second World War.

He said: "Little can compare in recent times to a tragedy on this scale - the response from the local authority has simply not been good enough".

George Brewis, 85, who has lived in nearby Aberdeen Tower for 50 years, said: "I felt awful for the people in London, it is so tragic".

Thousands of refugees die attempting to reach safe haven every year, according to the United Nations.

It said: "We are devastated by this tragedy".

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Cundy also mentioned that his "heart goes out to those affected".

Michelle Meldrum, executive director of operations at Gentoo, said they work very closely with the fire brigade in the city and crews often use the tower blocks for fire-fighting exercises.

"People raised these concerns, people were expressing issues regarding the safety and risky living conditions", says Lancaster West Residents Association chairwoman Olesea Matcovschi.

Police have said the recovery process could take weeks, and warned some of the bodies may be too burned to be identified.

"It may well be the defining outcome of this tragedy that the worst mistakes of the 1960s and 1970s are systematically torn down", he said. My commitment to families is that as soon as we can, we will locate and recover their loved ones. She then released a statement.

Peston asked her: "Is the help now being provided that the victims of this appalling event desperately need?"

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

He insisted the Government had acted on safety recommendations after an earlier fire in London in 2009, but it would wait for the public inquiry's findings before making any changes in regulation.

Residents who met Mrs May in Downing Street over the weekend said while they welcomed the funding they had not been consulted before the announcement was made. "Government and ministers will cooperate fully", she said.

"It has been decided today that the public inquiry will report back to me personally". "Wallowing in the wash of a general election that stripped our Prime Minister of her authority on the very eve of European Union negotiations, neither common sense nor the evidence suggest she can re-establish public confidence", wrote Mr Matthew Parris, a columnist and former Conservative lawmaker, in the Times.