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Italy Buries Victims of Genoa Bridge Collapse

IN PICTURES: Families of the victims of Tuesday’s catastrophic bridge collapse gathered for a mass funeral on Friday. Some boycotted the state funeral, blaming the government for the deaths.
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Nineteen coffins stood side by side, filling the Genoa Trade Fair and Exhibition Center during the ceremony.
Nineteen coffins stood side by side, filling the Genoa Trade Fair and Exhibition Center during the ceremony. Photo:Reuters
At least three children were among the scores of victims killed in the collapse on August 14.
At least three children were among the scores of victims killed in the collapse on August 14. Photo:Reuters
Italian President Sergio Mattarella and Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte led the ceremony as families of 19 of the 42 victims looked on.
Italian President Sergio Mattarella and Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte led the ceremony as families of 19 of the 42 victims looked on. Photo:Reuters
Some relatives boycotted the state-run funeral, holding private services to protest the government, which they hold responsible for the bridge’s collapse.
Some relatives boycotted the state-run funeral, holding private services to protest the government, which they hold responsible for the bridge’s collapse. Photo:Reuters
Hundreds of firefighters and some 400 rescue workers continue to probe the rubble, though they say there is little hope of finding any more survivors.
Hundreds of firefighters and some 400 rescue workers continue to probe the rubble, though they say there is little hope of finding any more survivors. Photo:Reuters
On August 14, a 200-meter section of the Morandi bridge in Genoa gave way in busy lunchtime traffic, killing at least 42 people.
On August 14, a 200-meter section of the Morandi bridge in Genoa gave way in busy lunchtime traffic, killing at least 42 people. Photo:Reuters
The government declared August 18 a national day of mourning and also declared a state of emergency for Genoa, one of Italy’s largest ports.
The government declared August 18 a national day of mourning and also declared a state of emergency for Genoa, one of Italy’s largest ports. Photo:Reuters
"These things should not happen but unfortunately they still do. Now they
"These things should not happen but unfortunately they still do. Now they're looking for someone to blame but dead people cannot come back," said Giuseppe Rondinelli, a friend of one of the victims. Photo:Reuters
Though the mass was held according to the Catholic rite, an imam was also present to offer a separate ceremony for the families of the two Muslim victims.
Though the mass was held according to the Catholic rite, an imam was also present to offer a separate ceremony for the families of the two Muslim victims. Photo:Reuters
The Transport Ministry has given Autostrade 15 days to prove it has met all of its contractual obligations, failing which Rome could consider it in breach of the terms of its concessions.
The Transport Ministry has given Autostrade 15 days to prove it has met all of its contractual obligations, failing which Rome could consider it in breach of the terms of its concessions. Photo:Reuters
Published 18 August 2018
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