Italy seeks resignations as bridge toll reaches 39

Rome : The Italian government on Wednesday demanded the resignation of the heads of the company that manages the country’s highways, after the toll in Genoa city’s bridge collapse rose to 39, with rescuers continuing their search for possible survivors.

“The leaders of Autostrade per l’Italia must resign, first of all. And given that there have been serious breaches, we have activated procedures for the possible revocation of their concessions and to impose fines of up to 150 million euro ($170 million),” said Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli.

A roughly 100-metre segment of Morandi bridge in Genoa collapsed on Tuesday noon during heavy rain, causing at least 40 vehicles to plunge to the ground. The local prefecture raised the toll on Wednesday, with 37 of them identified, BBC said.

At least three kids aged 8, 12 and 13, lost their lives. The city’s authorities declared two days of mourning. Rescuers said there was little hope for more survivors underneath the bridge. A huge tower and sections of the bridge fell onto railway lines, a river and a warehouse. There were 16 people receiving treatment, of them 12 serious. About 440 were evacuated amid fears other parts of the bridge might fall.

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