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London fire: Theresa May pledges $6.4 million for survivors

British Prime Minister Theresa May is promising a comprehensive package of help for victims of the devastating fire at a west London apartment building.

world Updated: Jun 17, 2017 00:26 IST
Britain's Prime Minister, Theresa May, arrives at 10 Downing Street, in central London, Britain June 16, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Britain's Prime Minister, Theresa May, arrives at 10 Downing Street, in central London, Britain June 16, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls(Reuters Photo)

British Prime Minister Theresa May is promising a comprehensive package of help for victims of the devastating fire at a west London apartment building.

May on Friday announced a 5 million pound ($6.4 million) fund following meeting with survivors of the Grenfell Tower tragedy. The package includes a guarantee to rehouse people as close as practically possible to where they previously lived — either in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea or in neighbouring boroughs.

May says she “spoke with people who ran from the fire in only the clothes they were wearing.”

May says the fund aims to “give the victims the immediate support they need to care for themselves and for loved ones. We will continue to look at what more needs to be done.”

The move came after strong criticism from London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan.