London plastered with posters for Grenfell missing
DESPERATE Londoners have begun plastering the walls of pubs and properties surrounding the burnt out Grenfell Tower where at it's feared the death toll could reach upwards of 100.
While authorities have only confirmed 17 people have been killed after the fatal fire that saw the 24-storey building rapidly engulfed in flames on Tuesday night, it's feared the death toll could run to many times that as relatives desperately try to track down the dozens of residents who remain unaccounted for.
A volunteer who spent the evening assisting those affected by the fire at the nearby church Julia D'Orazio told news.com.au that concern for the missing is growing.
"There are numerous posters plastered around the area including Notting Hill's famed Portabello Road, including pubs," she said. "I noticed as the night went on, more posters kept appearing - on cars, road signs, underpasses."
A memorial shrine for victims outside the Latymer Community Church in North Kensington has also been growing as the death toll rises and hope fades for the missing.
Walls plastered in faces of the missing, reminiscent of those that dotted downtown New York City following the September 11 attack, have also attracted emotive graffiti.
"She didn't deserve this", reads one such comment over a poster of a missing child stuck to a makeshift memorial.
As the grim search for missing people continues slowly, questions are being raised over why the numbers of those unaccounted for are not being revealed, and if the incident is being downplayed.
Pop star Lily Allen lashed out at a London news broadcaster who had cited the official death toll passed on by authorities.
"I've never in my life seen an event like this where the death count has been downplayed by the mainstream media. Seventeen? I'm sorry, but I'm hearing from people the figure is much closer to 150, and that many of those people are children," she said.
Allen said she had been given the "off the record" number by policemen and firemen.
Authorities have been hesitant to offer any more details around how many were caught up in the fatal blaze.
London Police Commander Stuart Cindi said accuracy was behind their caution.
"It would be wrong of me to get into numbers that I do not believe are accurate," he said.
"There is still a number of people who are receiving treatment in hospital. There are 37 people receiving treatment, of which 17 are still in critical care.
"Our absolute priority for all of us is identifying and locating the people who are still missing."
Authorities have not revealed how many people they believe were in the 120-unit building at the time of the fire, the number that have or have not been accounted for, or how many were evacuated or remained the scorched building.
London fire commissioner Dany Cotton said it would be a "miracle" if any survivors were found alive, adding there were "unknown numbers of people" still inside the building.
Similar frustrations were faced by families of people caught up in the recent terrorist attack at London Bridge and the city's Borough Market.
Families of the eight victims reportedly felt they were "mistreated by lack of information", and had been caused "unnecessary agony".