Grenfell Tower victims to get £5500 from emergency fund, Theresa May says

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20 June, 2017

The Metropolitan Police have released three photos from inside the charred Grenfell Tower in London, which show in close detail how the fire devastated the 24-story building that once housed up to 600 people in 120 apartments. "We need to find out precisely what cladding was used and how it was attached".

On the figure of 58, he said: "I really hope it won´t, but it may increase", while adding that "it might be that some of those are safe and well", and for some reason, had not yet made themselves known to the police.

The west London community feels it's been "treated badly", Khan added.

"The tragedy we're seeing is because of the consequences of mistakes and neglect from politicians, from the council and from the government".

He is hopeful the two-and-a-half hour meeting, attended by victims, residents, community leaders and volunteers, was the starting point for a process of "lasting change".

New York City Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro, whose department is among the most practiced in the world at fighting fires in tall buildings, says he believes in the stay-put policy but "what happened in London, in which a fire went from the fourth floor to the 21st floor in what we understand was in 17 minutes, is unprecedented".

"Current building regulations allow its use in both low-rise and high-rise structures".

Senior civil servants have been called in to deal with the aftermath of the fire amid criticism of the way the crisis has been handled by Kensington and Chelsea council.

Volunteer Nisha Parti claimed survivors are being given just £10 a day to live on by the council and are unable to access the huge donations pledged by members of the public.

He added that those who lost their lives did so in a "preventable accident that didn't need to happen and the tragedy we're seeing is the outcome of mistakes and neglect from politicians - the council and the government." .

Amid anger in the wake of the disaster, which was described by London Mayor Sadiq Khan as a "preventable accident", the Government announced those left homeless will be given at least £5,500 from an emergency fund.

Residents will be given £500 in cash followed by a bank payment for the rest from Monday.

'My government will continue to do absolutely everything possible to help all of those affected through the hard days, weeks, months and years ahead'.

He said police would consider criminal prosecutions if there is evidence of wrongdoing and that the police investigation would include scrutiny of the renovation project at the tower, which experts believe may have left the building more vulnerable to a catastrophic blaze.

Emergency services have been widely praised for how they handled the fire, but the local community has accused the government of a slow and inadequate response.

The Home Office said it was "making arrangements" for the family of 23-year-old Syrian refugee Mohammad Alhajali - the first victim to be formally identified - to travel to the United Kingdom for his funeral.

Other victims have been named by their families.

"It is a truly bad reality that there may be some people that we may not be able to identify due to the intensity of the fire", he said before pausing again to recover himself. They were spotted in high-visibility jackets in the area on Sunday afternoon.


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