The number of people presumed dead in Grenfell Tower fire has risen to 79

 
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Grenfell Tower went up in flames last week (Source: Getty)

The number of people presumed dead in Grenfell Tower fire has risen to 79, the Metropolitan Police confirmed today.

Grenfell Tower, in north Kensington, was set on fire last week, with the block of flats becoming engulfed in flames from the second to the 27th floor.

The UK is to hold a minute's silence this morning in remembrance of all those affected by the blaze.

The government has announced a series of measures aimed at supporting the victims of the tragedy, including:

  • A commitment that victims who lost their homes be rehoused within a maximum of three weeks
  • A £5 million Grenfell Tower Residents’ Discretionary Fund, made immediately available
  • A guarantee to rehouse people as close as practically possible to where they previously lived
  • Providing an additional £1.5m to pay for mental health support to the emergency services through Mind’s Blue Light Programme, including to ensure those involved in the response to the Grenfell Tower fire are able to receive targeted support should they need it
  • Ensuring there is tailored bereavement support for the families of those who have lost loved ones, those who have family members still missing or have been affected by the tragedy. Each family will be offered support from their own named mental health practitioner, in addition to the support they receive from the police family liaison officers

"The residents of Grenfell Tower, families who have lost loved ones, and the emergency services who have been working so hard to help them have been through some of the most harrowing and traumatic experiences imaginable," said Prime Minister Theresa May.

"As we do everything we can to help them, we will make sure they have the counselling and emotional support they need in the difficult days, weeks and years ahead."

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