Hundreds of firefighters worked overnight with lifting gear, climbing equipment and sniffer dogs to try to locate more survivors. The city's authorities have declared two days of mourning. There are 16 people being treated in hospital, 12 of them in a serious condition.
The Morandi Bridge, built in the 1960s, stands on the A10 toll motorway, an important conduit for goods traffic from local ports, which also serves the Italian Riviera and southeast coast of France. Sputnik spoke to Journalist Laurie Timmers about the latest from Genoa.
Sputnik: What’s the latest from Genoa?
Laurie Timmers: Rescue operations are still ongoing in Genoa after the bridge collapsed, several fire brigade operators are currently on site digging with machines and with bare hands in order to find all those people who are currently missing.
It’s currently unknown how many people are missing, because we not just speaking about the residents living in that area but also cars and trucks circulating on the bridge at the moment it collapsed.
They have been relocated to hotels and guest houses within the area, they might stay for a period that’s probably medium to long term as what’s left of the bridge has to be destroyed and possibly rebuild in the next years.
Sputnik: How have the authorities responded to the tragedy, with transport minister calling for resignations?
Together with the eradication of these rights of the highway management, he is calling for at least 150 million euros fines for the negligence of the structure.
Sputnik: Were there warnings about the bridge and has safety regulations been ignored?
Laurie Timmers: It is possible; I mean its speculation at the moment because there’s no official confirmation yet on the matter.
With the speculation there is corruption in Italy when building structures, so there could be a chance that if safety regulations were in place and the right materials for buildings were used and if everything was done correctly maybe this wasn’t going to happen. So there is a case that maybe foreign materials were used in the building, some safety regulations were not in place
Views and opinions expressed in this article are those of Laurie Timmers and do not necessarily reflect those of Sputnik.