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Italy bridge: State of emergency follows Genoa disaster

August 15, 2018 4:09 pm

Italian PM Giuseppe Conte has declared a 12-month state of emergency in the Liguria region in response to the motorway bridge collapse in Genoa.

He also said he would make an initial €5m ($5.7m) available from central funds to the north-western region.

The regional government had requested the action following Tuesday’s disaster, which left 39 people dead.

There has been anger and disbelief in Italy that such a vital structure could have simply given way.

Rescuers have said there is little hope of finding more survivors underneath the Morandi bridge, where dozens of vehicles fell from a height of 45m (148ft) in Tuesday morning’s collapse.

What we know so far
What could have made the bridge collapse?
In pictures: Deadly Italy bridge collapse
The cause is not yet known but there has been heavy criticism of the private company responsible for operating the bridge.