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Dozens die in bridge collapse

Italian rescuers searched through the night for any survivors under the shattered remains of a motorway bridge in Genoa, News24 says.

Some 30 people were killed yesterday, August 14, when a vast span of the Morandi bridge collapsed during a heavy rainstorm, sending vehicles and their drivers plunging 100m onto railway tracks below.

Rescuers spent the night searching the remains of the bridge under floodlights and there are fears the toll could rise.

The collapse came as the bridge was undergoing maintenance work and as the Liguria region, where Genoa is situated, experienced torrential rainfall.

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