Genoa, Aug 14: About 30 people were killed today when a giant motorway bridge collapsed in heavy rain in the Italian city of Genoa in what the government called an “immense tragedy”. Also Read - 4 Dead, One Person Missing After Residential Building Collapses in Maharashtra's Thane

The collapse, which saw a vast stretch of the A10 freeway tumble on to railway lines in the northern port city, came as the bridge was undergoing maintenance work and as the Liguria region, where Genoa is situated, experienced torrential rainfall. Also Read - Karnataka: Fire Breaks Out at Mangalore Mall, no Casualties Reported

“Unfortunately there are around 30 dead and many injured in a serious condition,” Interior Minister Matteo Salvini told reporters. Also Read - Bangladesh: 70 Killed in Fire in Apartment Used as Chemical Warehouse in Dhaka

The bridge, built in the 1960s, is known as the Morandi bridge. The missing section was dozens of metres in length, and ran across the span of the Polcevera stream.

“I am following with utmost apprehension what has happened in Genoa and which is looking like an immense tragedy,” said Italian Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli.

Video footage appeared to show one of the towers holding up the suspension bridge collapsing in stormy weather.

One image posted by the regional emergency services showed a truck perched at the end of the surviving bridge section immediately before the drop and said rescue workers were operating en masse at the scene.

Italian newspaper La Repubblica described that part of the city as “densely inhabited”.

(With IANS inputs)