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Theresa May offers support package for London fire victims

The death toll from the London tower block fire has risen to 17 and the figure is expected to rise further, police said on Thursday.”Whilst I sincerely hope that our work over the coming days means that we (will be) able to say that less people are confirmed as having died, I also have to consider the sad reality that this may rise”, Metropolitan Police Cmdr. “There are 37 people receiving treatment, of which 17 are still in critical care”.May made the announcement while speaking to survivors of the fire that on Wednesday ripped through the 24-story Grenfell Tower in Kensington while most residents were sleeping, leaving dozens dead, of which 30 have been found and identified, and hundreds homeless.”It is hard to escape a very somber 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. 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 previous year. “Some survivors have also complained the government has been painfully slow to find them places to sleep”.”We are not given information about our loved ones”, she added.The 91-year-old monarch said it is “difficult to escape a very somber mood” on what is normally a day of celebration.The fiery crowd shouted “coward” and “shame on you” as the Prime Minister left the St Clements Church on Friday afternoon. British officials have ordered a review of other buildings that have had similar renovations.The tragedy has provoked a huge response from nearby communities that have donated food and shelter to the victims.More than £1 million has been raised to help those affected by the fire, with more than 60 tonnes of donations collected by one local mosque. Numerous displaced are living in churches and community centers.Two nearby Underground subway lines were partially shut down Saturday in the fire area to make sure that debris from the tower did not land on the tracks.Some residents had warned months ago that the tower represented a unsafe fire risk. They say their complaints were ignored – and fear it was because the tower was full of poor people in a predominantly wealthy borough.