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Italy: Genoa marks one year since Morandi Bridge collapse03:30

Italy: Genoa marks one year since Morandi Bridge collapse

Italy, Genoa
August 14, 2019 at 17:07 GMT +00:00 · Published

Hundreds gathered near the former site of Morandi Bridge in Genoa on Wednesday to mark the first year since the bridge's collapse that killed 43 people.

Relatives of the victims along with Genoa citizens released white balloons and threw roses into a river minutes before the city churches' bells tolled at 11:36 local time (9:36 GMT), the exact moment of the bridge's collapse in 2018.

Attendees later watched a broadcast of a mass ceremony being led by Genoa Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco.

"It is something sad. Dark. It is a memory that lasts a lifetime. I saw how children I knew disappeared, people killed in that way, it is indescribable," said a Genoa citizen.

The ceremony came amid Genoa citizens combatting the aftermath of the bridge's collapse and the problems of the ongoing construction of its replacement.

"There are people who open their windows into the construction site of the bridge. They have not been compensated. They have only received promises," said a Genoa citizen with others reflecting the sentiment.

Heavy rainfall caused the bridge to crumble in August 2018. A new bridge designed by world-famous architect Renzo Piano will stand in its place.

Italy: Genoa marks one year since Morandi Bridge collapse03:30
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Hundreds gathered near the former site of Morandi Bridge in Genoa on Wednesday to mark the first year since the bridge's collapse that killed 43 people.

Relatives of the victims along with Genoa citizens released white balloons and threw roses into a river minutes before the city churches' bells tolled at 11:36 local time (9:36 GMT), the exact moment of the bridge's collapse in 2018.

Attendees later watched a broadcast of a mass ceremony being led by Genoa Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco.

"It is something sad. Dark. It is a memory that lasts a lifetime. I saw how children I knew disappeared, people killed in that way, it is indescribable," said a Genoa citizen.

The ceremony came amid Genoa citizens combatting the aftermath of the bridge's collapse and the problems of the ongoing construction of its replacement.

"There are people who open their windows into the construction site of the bridge. They have not been compensated. They have only received promises," said a Genoa citizen with others reflecting the sentiment.

Heavy rainfall caused the bridge to crumble in August 2018. A new bridge designed by world-famous architect Renzo Piano will stand in its place.

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