There were about 600 people living in the 24-storey Grenfell Tower when fire swept through most of the building in the early hours of 14 June. A team of civil servants has been embedded into the Kensington and Chelsea Council office to bolster relief work.
The Prime Minister also set out to reassure victims about the upcoming judge-led public inquiry into the fire.
"Equally there may be people who were in there that we believe are missing that did escape but for whatever reason have not let it be known that they're safe and well, so again I would appeal to them directly". "He didn't come with a bunch of police.no one even saw her".
On Friday, she was heckled on a visit to the North Kensington estate, and protesters marching on Friday and Saturday called for her resignation. But the meeting is unlikely to quell complaints that the prime minister has been slow to reach out to fire survivors.
The Guardian reports the death toll has risen to 79, with only five people formally identified and 17 listed in critical condition.
It ranks above the fire at Bradford City Stadium on May 11, 1985, when 56 people died as flames swept through the wooden stands during a soccer game, according to the Emergency Events Database at the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium. Some said they had never seen a building fire advance so quickly.
The death toll might continue to climb, authorities cautioned, because search operations are ongoing in the remains of the charred, gutted building.
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"It's hard to describe the devastation the fire has caused", Cundy said, fighting back tears as he spoke.
"Our focus has been on those that we know were in Grenfell Tower".
"My understanding is the cladding in question, this flammable cladding which is banned in Europe and the USA, is also banned here", Hammond told the BBC earlier.
"My understanding is the cladding in question, this flammable cladding which is banned in Europe and the United States, is also banned here", Hammond told the BBC Sunday. "That's my understanding", he said. "The second question is were they correctly complied with?"
"I'd like to reassure everybody that we will be looking at all criminal offences that may have been committed by any individual or any organization", he said.
Detectives investigating the massive fire at the Grenfell Tower in west London have released images and video footage from inside the building that show "the scale of the challenge" investigators face in recovering bodies.