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London fire: Number of dead and missing rises to 79, police say

A photo released by the Metropolitan Police shows a view of an apartment in the Grenfell Tower, which was devastated by a fire last Wednesday.He fought back tears as he told reporters about the scene inside the 24-storey tower in north Kensington.Of the 58, he said 30 were confirmed dead.Meanwhile, according to the Associated Press, Trade Minister Greg Hands said Sunday that the government is carrying out an “urgent inspection” of the roughly 2,500 similar tower blocks across Britain to assess their safety, while an opposition lawmaker urged the government to quickly secure documents in the Grenfell renovation for the criminal investigation.The recovery operation had been paused amid concerns for the safety of emergency workers in the building, but has now resumed.Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy confirmed that the force now believes at least 79 people are dead or missing, presumed dead.”Equally, there may be people who thankfully managed to escape the fire and for whatever reason have not let their family and friends know that they are safe”. He asked anyone who was in the tower and survived to contact police immediately.The blaze not only raised a series of questions about levels of inequality in London and British society, but also singed politics after Prime Minister Theresa May was barracked for her allegedly cold response to the tragedy.May has announced a fast-tracked public inquiry into the fire and said on Sunday that every household affected by the blaze would receive a minimum payment of £5,500 ($7,000) from a £5m emergency fund.”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”.”Frankly, the support on the ground for families who needed help or basic information in the initial hours after this appalling disaster was not good enough”, she said. British health authorities say that 19 patients are still being treated at four London hospitals.”Only five victims have been identified so far and the death toll may rise”. They say they will also use visual elements like tattoos and scars, in the painstaking process.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.Flames engulf Grenfell Tower in London last week. Hundreds have been left homeless, putting more pressure on officials in a city plagued by a chronic housing shortage.On Friday, anger boiled over as people stormed Kensington & Chelsea Town Hall. Some said they had never seen a building fire advance so quickly.It was reported that the material used in the covering was Reynobond PE – a more flammable version of two options.