Britain sombre but steadfast amid turmoil, says Queen

Theresa May criticised for not meeting fire survivors on Grenfell Tower visit

Theresa May criticised for not meeting fire survivors on Grenfell Tower visit

Cundy became visibly upset as he described conditions in the charred Grenfell Tower, where a search and recovery operation is expected to last weeks.

As NPR's Merrit Kennedy reported, the Grenfell Tower fire has aroused the ire of those who feel it was caused by corporate malfeasance and who feel Prime Minister Theresa May's government is not doing enough to respond.

"But being with colleagues from the London Fire Brigade when I was in there, colleagues from the London Ambulance Service and other police officers, I think it's fair to say it is incredibly emotional working in there".

Seventy-nine people are dead or missing and presumed dead following a devastating blaze in a London tower block last week, police said on Monday, as Britain held a minute's silence for the victims.

Experts believe the exterior cladding, which contained insulation, helped spread the flames quickly along the outside of the tower in the Wednesday morning blaze that has killed at least 58 people.

The fire that consumed London's Grenfell Tower, tragically killing at least 30 people, may have dissipated, but it has once again focused attention on the city's social housing crisis.

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.

The queen said in a statement that she was "profoundly struck by the immediate inclination of people throughout the country to offer comfort and support to those in desperate need".

Families of the victims and residents of Grenfell said they were furious that the local government had for years ignored their complaints about the building's lack of measures in case of fire and had not adequately attended to survivors of the blaze.

"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.

He said: "The investigation is a police investigation".

Officials are using dental records, fingerprints, DNA samples, tattoos and scars to try and positively identify victims.

The queen and Philip stood silently before the start of the annual Trooping the Color procession that marks the queen's official birthday.

"Put to the test, the United Kingdom has been resolute in the face of adversity", 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.

"Let's get the technical advice properly evaluated by a public inquiry and then let's decide how to go forward". British officials have ordered a review of other buildings that have had similar renovations.

Scuffles broke out near the Kensington and Chelsea town hall offices Friday as demonstrators chanting "We want justice!" surged toward the doors. More than 3 million pounds ($3.8 million) has been raised for the victims, and the British government has announced a 5 million-pound ($6.3 million) emergency fund.

"I spent several hours yesterday talking to local residents around Grenfell Tower". Numerous displaced are living in churches and community centers.

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