Videos show the shocking aftermath of the Genoa bridge collapse

15 August, 2018, 14:25 | Author: Salvatore Jensen
  • Davide Capello a soccer player was on the motorway bridge in Genoa in Italy when it collapsed

The number of people who are reportedly missing ranges from four to 12.

The Genoa bridge suddenly collapsed on Tuesday, killing dozens of people.

Speaking to journalists as he visited the site, Conte warned the death toll may rise in the northern Italian port city of Genoa.

The "queues of cars and the volume of traffic provoke intense degradation of the bridge structure on a daily basis in rush hour, as it is subject to major demands", the report, quoted by Italian news agency Ansa, said.

An 80-metre section of the bridge, including one set of the supports that tower above it, crashed down in the rain onto the roof of a factory and other buildings.

A huge section of the Morandi Bridge fell at midday over an industrial zone, sending tons of twisted steel and concrete onto warehouses below.

More than 400 people were evacuated from 11 buildings located near or below the still-standing of the bridge, the city said.

Hundreds of firefighters and emergency officials were searching for survivors in the rubble with heavy equipment. At least two people have been pulled from the rubble alive, a firefighter told RAI state TV.

The disaster occurred on a highway that connects Italy to France and other vacation resorts on the eve of a major Italian holiday on Wednesday, Ferragosto, and traffic would have been heavier than usual as many Italians travelled to beaches or mountains.

"We should ask ourselves whether respecting these (budget) limits is more important than the safety of Italian citizens".




Interior Minister Matteo Salvini promised that anyone found to be responsible for the bridge collapse would be held to account.

The government has pledged to increase public investments and lobby the European Commission to have the extra spending excluded from EU deficit calculations.

Salvini also said he wanted the "names and surnames of those who are to blame, because a tragedy like this in 2018 is not acceptable".

"Italians have the right to modern and efficient infrastructure that accompanies them safely through their everyday lives", Mattarella said in a statement.

Vehicles on the bridge plummeted as far as 90 metres. One truck was shown just metres away from the broken end of what locals called their "Brooklyn Bridge".

Restructuring work was also reported to have been carried out on the bridge in 2016. "It seemed like a scene from a film, it was the apocalypse", he said.

The head of the Italian Civil Protection Agency, Angelo Borrelli, said about 30 vehicles and several heavy-duty trucks were on the affected section of the bridge when it gave way.

"People living in Genoa use this bridge twice a day, we can't live with infrastructures built in the 1950s and 1960s", Deputy Transport Minister Edoardo Rixi said on SkyNews24, speaking from Genoa.

Ponte Morandi, built in the 1960s, was undergoing repairs when the tragedy happened.

The highway operator said work to shore up the foundation of the bridge was being carried out at the time of the collapse, adding that the bridge was constantly monitored.

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