British PM May faces mounting criticism over London tower block blaze

  • British PM May faces mounting criticism over London tower block blaze

British PM May faces mounting criticism over London tower block blaze

Dr Smith said: "With the significant fires that occurred in Melbourne and Dubai in multi-storey high-rise buildings we made decision on January 1 this year to prohibit the use of these sorts of combustible cladding products [on buildings over two storeys tall]".

Metropolitan Police commander Stuart Cundy said in a televised statement yesterday: "Sadly I can confirm that the number of people that has died is now 17".

Grenfell survivor Maryann Adam said her taxi-driver neighbor, Behailu Kebede, alerted her to the flames Wednesday morning.

Protesters demanding action over the deadly Grenfell Tower blaze have stormed Kensington and Chelsea town hall.

When asked on Thursday about why she did not meet residents or visit a local community centre, Mrs May said she wanted to visit the scene of the incident to be briefed by the emergency services.

Police say the harrowing search for remains had been paused Friday because of safety concerns at the blacked tower but has resumed.

"May must go", "blood on your hands" and "justice for Grenfell" were some of the chants that resounded the streets which were swarming with angry agitators, reports the Independent.

Much space has been given over to the issue of cladding, a topic we are sharply aware of in this country.

There have been demands for answers as to how the blaze was able to engulf the building, trapping many on the upper floors.

"Our focus has been on those that we know were in Grenfell Tower".

The block, which housed some 600 people in about 120 apartments, is in a low-rent housing estate next to one of the most affluent areas of Britain.

Real estate agent Richard Barber said 54 percent of his company's sales were to buyers from overseas who prefer ritzy residences.

"One woman told me she had escaped in only her top and underwear".

Today, Prime Minister Theresa May announced a 5 million pound ($6.4 million) fund to help the families impacted by the fire, and The Associated Press reports that it "includes a guarantee to rehouse people as close as possible to where they previously lived".

A previous post on the organization's blog gave a condemning warning to the tower's landlords who they accused of "extreme complacency", in 2015.

"She should have been there with the residents".

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Cambridge visited the area to meet residents and community representatives on Friday. "You have to be prepared to receive people's emotions, and not be so frightened about people", he said.

However, Mr Green would not say whether other tower blocks would be retrofitted with sprinkler systems in light of the tragedy.

As we reported yesterday there was a marked contrast between the Labour leader who spoke to survivors and members of the community, attended a church service and spent time listening to those affected and the Prime Minister who was criticised widely for not letting the public near her.

And with the Grenfell Tower fire, the situation is even more urgent.

Kensington and Chelsea Council has said every survivor of the tragedy has been found temporary accommodation.

Meanwhile, the police have said that some of the dead, from the devastating blaze may never be identified, as officers warned that the painful process of retrieving the victims could take months.