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UK Government scrambles to limit fallout from London fire

London has a chronic housing shortage even in the best of times, and those left homeless by the fire – already angry over what they see as government inequity and incompetence – fear being forced out of the British capital.On the lack of sprinklers in Grenfell Tower, and other buildings, he said: “My understanding is that the best expert advice is that retrofitting sprinklers may not always be the best technical way of ensuring fire safety in a building”.London mayor Sadiq Khan has said that tower blocks in the city built during the 1960s and 1970s could be torn down following the Grenfell Tower fire.Speaking after attending a local church service in memory of the victims, he said the fire was “a national disaster that requires a national response”.At least 58 people are missing and presumed dead in the blaze that broke out in the early hours, catching many families in their sleep.Police have confirmed that the fire has resulted in at least 30 fatalities but according to other reports, the number of deaths could be more than 70.Commander of the Metropolitan Police Stuart Cundy said in a statement that a recovery operation, which was briefly suspended for security reasons, had been resumed and family liaison officers were dealing with 52 families.Many in the United Kingdom are upset with Prime Minister Theresa May for her response – or lack thereof – to the Grenfell Tower fire.”It is hard to escape a very sombre national mood”, the queen said in a statement to mark her official birthday – an occasion that typically does not result in any public comments from the monarch.”I’m positive because I think it was a real chance for local residents, people affected by this tragedy, to voice their concerns directly to the prime minister so that she could hear them”, he said.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. But we may well need help from our close neighbours.Prime Minister May vowed on Friday to rehouse victims of the tragedy within three weeks, assuring that the cost of temporary accommodation will be met on their behalf.It said: “We are devastated by this tragedy”.The London Mayor also criticised politicians who had been demanding cuts to red tape in recent years, adding the fire showed why health and safety checks were necessary.”We have colleagues in there as we speak, searching for and recovering those that have died”.