A part of Ponte Morandi collapsed on Tuesday, with at least 30 cars plunging hundreds of feet to the ground. According to the latest data, 42 people were killed in the incident, 10 injured remain in hospitals, nine of them in serious condition. Italy declared a national mourning on Saturday.
National TV channels broadcast live a mourning ceremony, in which President Sergio Mattarrella, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, chairmen of both houses of parliament and other leaders of the Italian state were taking part.
As 19 #Morandi bridge collapse victims are laid to rest in #Genoa state funeral, reports emerging that 4 further victims have been found this morning: a father, mother, their 9 year old daughter & a 30 year old man — bringing the death toll to at least 42. More on @SkyNews pic.twitter.com/T62flnPbOy— Sophia McBride (@sophiacmcbride) August 18, 2018
Before the mourning ceremony, Mattarella visited the site of the tragedy and thanked firefighters and rescuers, who had been working non-stop for four days. After that, the head of state went to the hospital, where he visited the injured and talked with their relatives.
Families of 20 victims preferred to bury their loved ones privately. The father of 29-year-old Giovanni Battiloro, whose funeral was held on Saturday near Naples, bitterly stated that "the state did not protect its citizens." Some other relatives of the victims also slammed the Italian authorities, demanded that those guilty in the bridge collapse be punished and punished severely.
Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, who is currently leading the funeral mass in Genoa, said on Friday that he understood the feelings of those relatives of the victims who had refused the state funeral.
🇪🇺 🇮🇹 Flags at half-mast in solidarity with the Italian people— European Commission 🇪🇺 (@EU_Commission) August 18, 2018
We express our deepest sympathy and sincere condolences to the families and friends of those who have died in the bridge collapse in #Genoa this week, and to the Italian people. pic.twitter.com/K1aaiwrifI