Number of people assumed dead in London tower block blaze to rise

Loose Women panel criticise Theresa May for not visiting Grenfall Tower victims

Analysts estimate the death toll can reach 70.

After meeting with Grenfell survivors on Friday, Ms May announced a 5 million pound (AUS$8 million) fund to help them and expressed sorrow for their plight.

They would wear high-visibility clothing so that they could easily be found, dispense advice and ensure the right support was provided, she added.

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 first victim has been formally identified as 23-year-old Syrian refugee Mohammed Alhajali.

The identification of the victims is proving very hard - which experts attribute to the extreme heat of the fire.

On Saturday, she met with a group of residents in the more controlled setting of 10 Downing Street, CBS News' Jonathan Vigliotti reported.

"The terrible reality, as I've said before, is that due to the intensity of the fire and the devastation within Grenfell Tower that we may not be able to identify everybody that died", Cundy told reporters. The inquiry will report back to the Prime Minister.

British PM to meet fire survivors in Downing St
Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Theresa May admitted that support for families in the "initial hours" was "not good enough". The fire at the 24-story building has led to community anger and protests over the British government's response.

The queen marked her official birthday Saturday by saying Britain remains "resolute in the face of adversity" after the horrendous fire and recent extremist attacks in London and Manchester. The long-term consequences need to be addressed now, they said.

Anger is rising against British authorities over safety failings and a widely perceived slow release of information.

Trade Minister Greg Hands said Sunday the government is carrying out an "urgent inspection" of the roughly 2,500 similar tower blocks across Britain to assess their safety, while an opposition lawmaker urged the government to quickly secure any documents related to the Grenfell renovation for a criminal investigation.

Cundy said the police investigation into the blaze would look at the building and its refurbishment in 2016 and vowed to prosecute people "if there is evidence".

Experts believe the exterior cladding, which contained insulation, helped spread the flames quickly along the outside of the tower in the June 14 blaze.

Authorities are trying to determine if any criminal offenses were made by the building's managers, with accounts from residents indicating that it was for years a fire trap.

"In the wake of (the) Grenfell fire we have to recognise that something has gone badly, badly wrong in this country, that predominantly poor people die in a towering inferno because possibly in the long term (there had been a) lack of public investment", Corbyn told ITV's Peston on Sunday programme.

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