58 presumed dead in London tower fire

Judith Bessette
Junho 19, 2017

"Newspapers are calling May's decision not to meet survivors the day after the blaze her "Hurricane Katrina" moment", NPR's Frank Langfitt notes. She faced cries of "coward" and "shame on you" as police restrained angry crowds, following accusations of avoiding local residents during a visit to the area Thursday.

Scuffles broke out in the crowd as Mrs May's vehicle drove away from the scene of the disaster.

In a television interview Friday, she sidestepped questions over whether she had misread the public mood.

"Mohammed undertook a risky journey to flee war and death in Syria, only to meet it here in the United Kingdom, in his own home", the Syrian Solidarity Campaign said in a statement. "People have lost their lives, people have had their homes destroyed, they have fled for their lives with absolutely nothing".

"I have heard the concerns and I have ordered immediate action across the board to help victims' relatives and the survivors".

The money will come from the £5 million fund announced by Mrs May on Friday.

Mr Cundy added: "Sadly that work leads me to believe that the number of people missing, but as yet unaccounted for has risen from yesterday's figure of 58". City police have announced 58 people remain missing and "we assume likely to have died".

Several people appeared to clash with security guards inside, before leaving the building and gathering on the steps outside.

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Local residents have decried inadequate information and aid from council staff in the fire's aftermath, with hundreds of disgruntled demonstrators flocking to protest at Kensington town hall Saturday.

"Clearly it's quite unprecedented for 16 very ordinary people, who this time last week were walking their dogs or talking to each other in the streets around here and north Kensington, actually to be in 10 Downing Street talking face-to-face with the prime minister".

Protesters were called away from the foyer by protest organiser Mustafa Mansour, who urged calm. The building was run by Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO) on behalf of Kensington and Chelsea London Borough Council.

The protesters are seeking a list of demands which has been given to the council.

Metropolitan Police commander Stuart Cundy responded to fears that the number of dead could exceed 100 by saying: "I really hope it isn't".

"We need to know what happened, we need to have an explanation of this".

"We are here today because you must look at that building with tears streaming down your face", one woman told the group as they neared the foot of the tower.

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