Italy, Aug 16: A 12-month emergency was declared in the country on Wednesday by Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte after a section of a motorway bridge recently collapsed in Genoa and claimed at least 39 lives.Also Read - 'It's An Undeclared Emergency', Says Harsimrat Badal as Delhi Police Seal Borders; Vehicular Movement Hit
Italian prime minister Conte further announced five million euros in order to facilitate the search and rescue operations. Conte also said that his government would revoke the contract of Autostrade, the private company responsible for the maintenance of the motorway bridge- Morandi Bridge that collapsed on Tuesday. Also Read - Dark Days of Emergency Can Never Be Forgotten: PM Modi on 46th Anniversary of Emergency
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Transport minister Danilo Toninelli and deputy prime ministers Luigi Di Maio and Matteo Salvini confirmed about the withdrawing of concession from the private sector firm. Rescue operations continued until last evening. However, the chances of locating survivors in the mishap are now low.
Conte further said, “This is a tragedy that is unacceptable in a modern society, and this government will do everything in its power to prevent anything of this kind from reoccurring. We have already announced that we will begin the process of revoking the Autostrade concession.”
Genoa Mayor Marco Bucci also spoke about the disaster and said it was “not absolutely unexpected.”
Meanwhile, Italian President Sergio Mattarella has called for a “serious and severe examination of the causes” of the bridge collapse.
Over 400 people have been evacuated from the area where the huge tower and sections of the bridge – measuring about 200m – collapsed on to railway lines, a river and a warehouse. It must be noted that residents of housing blocks under one pillar of the bridge were ready to move back but were then told it was cracking and that their homes were at risk.
Autostrade per l’Italia, the private company responsible for the Morandi Bridge collapse said in 2011, the bridge suffered from degradation due to heavy traffic. The motorway operator said work to shore up the bridge’s foundation was being carried out at the time of the accident.