Multiple deaths and injuries have occurred after a highway bridge in Genoa, close to the port, collapsed following heavy storms. It has now reopened
More than 30 deaths have been confirmed and many others have been seriously injured. The number of casualties will only grow as the emergency services, who are used to this because of earthquakes in Italy, clear rubble.
The bridge, which is part of the A10 motorway that connects France with Italy, collapsed on some (empty!) industrial buildings and some rail tracks. At the time of writing, all Genoa port terminals have stopped all activities.
15th August update: Port users met today and decided to keep terminals open for work on a 24 hour basis. The city will accelerate the project to build a road at the waterside to connect Genoa airport Sestri gate on the A10 motorway straight to the Sampierdarena port area. It will take over four months to do this. There are no interruptions for the railways, due to alternative routings.
The geography of the port is such that the Sampierdarena and Voltri basins are on each side of the part of the A10 that has collapsed. From both port basins the motorways to Turin and Milan are intact. The port authority has, however, urged increased use of rail.
In response to a request from Giovanni Toti, the President of the Liguria Region, which includes Genoa, the national government has declared a State of the Emergency for the whole region for 12 months.