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Five people still missing after Genoa bridge collapse

Five people still missing after Genoa bridge collapse

The San Martino Hospital said Marian Rosca, 36, died Saturday evening.

Lega Serie A has confirmed that, while Genoa and Sampdoria's season-openers have been postponed due to the tragic Ponte Morandi bridge collapse on Tuesday, the remainder of the weekend's games will go ahead as scheduled.

"I, too, have traveled over this bridge many times, even recently", said Mattarella, demanding that authorities commit to carrying out their "duty to guarantee the safety of our roads".

The government has accused infrastructure giant Autostrade per L'Italia of failing to invest in sufficient maintenance and said it would seek to revoke its lucrative contracts.

Italy's government, however, started proceedings on Friday to begin stripping the toll bridge's operator, Autostrade, of concessions it holds to operate toll highways.

The Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport announced the creation of an inspection commission to carry out technical checks and analysis in an investigation into the cause of the collapse.

Among the coffins was a small white one for the youngest victim, an eight-year-old boy who was killed alongside his parents.

The imam drew applause when he prayed that God protect Italy and all Italians. Completed in 1967, it linked two major highways, one leading to Milan and the other toward France.

Other private funerals were held in Piedmont and elsewhere in Italy. According to the AP, Bagnasco said that Pope Francis called him to express condolences.

He encouraged citizens to show solidarity so "we can build new bridges to walk together" and rise above the tragedy. But the official death toll has not yet been revised.

But many of those who lost loved ones declined to participate in the state funeral. The funeral for 19 victims was held in a pavilion on the city's fair grounds.

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Earlier, thousands of mourners joined Modi, Shah, and other BJP leaders in the funeral procession. The country is observing a seven-day state mourning as a mark of respect for the leader.

The death toll of 38 looked set to rise after the fire service announced early on Saturday that they had found human remains in a crushed vehicle.

The state ceremony took place as search efforts continued for an unknown number of people who may still be trapped among the massive chunks of concrete.

Out of the 42 victims' families, only 18 attended the state ceremony.

Rescuer Stefano Zanut said there was a "triangle of survival" where rubble or beams form a protective cover.

President Sergio Materella, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini are among the politicians who will participate in the funeral service at a convention center in the city, led by the city's archbishop, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco.

Investigators are working to see if a design flaw or improper maintenance might have caused the collapse on Tuesday.

Genoa's chief prosecutor, Francesco Cozzi, said on Thursday that 10-20 people were still missing.

Genoa's prefect's office said it didn't immediately have official confirmation of the media reports.

The death toll in Italy's bridge collapse has gone up to 41 after three more bodies were found under the rubble by rescue workers, Italian media reported.

The bodies of an Italian couple and their 9-year-old daughter were found in their smashed vehicle under a big block of concrete, Italian news agency ANSA said.


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