“The package of support I’m announcing today is to give the victims the immediate support they need to care for themselves and for loved ones”.
While the deadly blaze at the Grenfell Tower in north Kensington has prompted an outpouring of generosity, it has also unleashed rage at the authorities as the charred tower was cast as a deadly symbol of a divided society.
Khan says he believes their grief was being exacerbated by the lack of information.
A second protest took place later in central London.
The government on Thursday set up an emergency fund to allow the local authorities to deal with the disaster.
The crowds chanted “May must go” as they converged outside the security gates at the entrance of Downing Street. “Council housing used to be safe, affordable”.
Police surrounded Ms May as she left the church, where a crowd of angry protesters had gathered, shouting “shame on you!” and “coward!“. Hundreds have been left homeless by the blaze, putting more pressure on officials in a city plagued by a chronic housing shortage.
“We need to know what happened, we need to have an explanation of this”.
The Times said the recently refurbished tower block had been fitted with cladding that wasn’t fireproof, and that for less than £5000 pounds (NZ$8800), a fire-resistant version could have been used instead. The building, which was outfitted with aluminum composite material (ACM), had apparently not been properly inspected.
National media in London reported extensively Friday that it would have cost just 5,000 pounds (6,400 US dollars) extra for a cladding material with better fire protection qualities. “People lost their lives on Tuesday”.
Prime Minister Theresa May is speaking with survivors of the high-rise fire in which 30 people are confirmed to have died.
Yet she did visit some of the injured at London’s Chelsea and Westminster hospital on Friday, reportedly spending about an hour with patients and staff. Three are in critical condition.
May has faced criticism for not meeting with survivors during her first visit to the site after the blaze, the wire service reports.
During Mrs May’s visit, it was announced a £5m (€5.7m) fund would be made available to pay for emergency supplies, food, clothes and other costs. The number of victims is expected to grow.
Residents who escaped the Grenfell Tower fire spoke of the cladding going “up like a matchstick”.
The queen is meeting with volunteers Friday.
Other victims have been named by their families. He also cautioned there may have been people in the tower that police are not aware of, which would add to the death toll.