Footage from inside London's Grenfell Tower released

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 20, 2017

So far 30 people are confirmed dead but police said this weekend that based on reports from the public the number now stood at 58 and that this could rise. "Equally, there may be people who thankfully may have managed to escape the fire and for whatever reason have not let their family or friends or police know".

Lammy, who represents Tottenham in north London in Parliament, tweeted Sunday that he had met with Grenfell Tower residents on Saturday night and that their treatment by the authorities had been "absolutely appalling".

The police chief, who went inside the charred shell of the high-rise tower over the weekend, told reporters: "I've investigated major crime for most of my service and I've seen some bad things but I don't think anything prepared me for what I was going to see when I was in there".

Emergency services' search and recovery operation in the burnt-out tower was ongoing on Monday. Authorities may never be able to identify some of the victims, he said.

British Prime Minister Theresa May, criticized shortly after the blaze for failing to meet with victims, says the public inquiry looking into the tragedy will report directly to her. "That's why she totally accepted that it (the government response) hadn't been good enough".

"And it is incredibly hard to describe the devastation in some parts of that building".

British officials said Sunday that exterior cladding used in a recent renovation of the building may have been banned under United Kingdom building regulations.

Trade Minister Greg Hands added that the government is conducting what he called an "urgent inspection" of some 2,500 other tower blocks across Britain to evaluate their safety.

Concrete in the hallways was scorched
Concrete in the hallways was scorched

He said residents are "angry not simply at the poor response in the days afterwards from the council and the government, but the years of neglect from the council and successive governments". Speaking after a church service near the charred remains of the building, Khan said, "It may well be the defining outcome of this tragedy that the worst mistakes of the 1960s and 1970s are systematically torn down". Experts believe the new paneling, which contained insulation, helped spread the flames quickly up the outside of the public housing tower.

British media have reported that contractors installed a cheaper, less flame-resistant type of exterior paneling on the 24-story tower in a renovation that was completed just a year ago.

"My understanding is the cladding in question, this flammable cladding which is banned in Europe and the USA, is also banned here", Hammond said. "Occupy it, compulsory purchase it, requisition it - there's a lot of things you can do", Corbyn said on Sunday during an interview on ITV.

But with Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the opposition Labour Party, emboldened by a better-than-expected result in an early election that wiped out the Conservatives' majority, May's government has been forced to justify spending cuts at a time when talks to leave the European Union are beginning.

The fire ripped through the high-rise early Wednesday.

"Sadly, for many families, they have lost more than one family member", Cundy said. Among the criticisms launched at May was also her government's failure to provide up-to-the-minute information to survivors.

"The prime minister is very aware that people want answers promptly and we want to get this going promptly, so that's our intention", the spokeswoman said. May also contacted all local authorities in England asking them to identify any housing safety concerns, her spokeswoman said.

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