WORLD Search for survivors in Italy bridge disaster ends


Search for survivors in Italy bridge disaster ends


11:25, August 20, 2018

The search operation for those missing after a fatal bridge collapse in Italy has ended.The last three bodies from a list of those missing were found on Saturday night (18 August), bringing the death toll to 43.

Video source: VCG

A section of a motorway bridge in Genoa gave way on August 14 plunging vehicles and concrete to the ground.Nine people are in still in hospital, four of those in a critical condition.

A state funeral was held on August 18, but some families boycotted and held private ceremonies.

They see the state as complicit in the accident, negligent of its safety responsibilities to upgrade Italy's infrastructure.

On the day of the funeral, representatives of Autostrade, the private company that manages the highway, made their first public appearance since the disaster.

They outlined support for the victims' families and for those forced to evacuate their homes.

But Autostrade's future in Italy isn't certain.

The prime minister also attended the service.

An official from his populist government said in a newspaper on August 19 that the government will launch an infrastructure plan to make roads safer and prevent further disasters. 

The search operation for those missing in the Genoa bridge collapse ended Saturday nights after the last three bodies were found, bringing the official death toll to 43. 

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