Some grieving relatives refuse to take part in a mockery of a funeral as exasperation mounts

Rescue workers have use jackhammers and cranes to face-lift gigantic slabs of concrete from the collapsed Morandi Bridge in Genoa, as fury mounted over the disaster and some kinfolks threatened to boycott a position funeral for victims on Saturday.

At least 38 people have died as a result of the collapse of a section of the connection on Tuesday.

A fire apparently was triggered by a flicker from metal-cutting equipment retarded rescue operations for some hours on Friday, but more than 300 disaster craftsmen, including firefighters applying sniffer hounds and heavy system, soon resumed their search for the 20 parties Genoa’s foreman public prosecutor said are still unaccounted for.

” We are trying to find parts where we can penetrate these incredibly heavy slabs. Then the earth-moving equipment moves in to create a passageway where the dogs can recruit ,” one savior, Stefano Zanut, told Reuters.

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A deem of the collapsed Morandi Bridge in Genoa. Photograph: Gregorio Borgia/ AP

The hope was that the large dollops of junks may have created a” triangle of existence” where someone could still be alive, he said.

But commentators at the incident said the chances of finding more survivors were seeming increasingly slim: autoes and trucks on the 200 -metre stretch of the decades-old viaduct on the road linking the Italian port metropolitan to the French border plunged 50 metres when it collapsed in a whirlwind on Tuesday.

Deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini, president of the far-right League, repudiated reports the ruling bloc- which has accused the catastrophe on Autostrade, which operates and maintains nearly half of Italy’s motorways- was split on the issue, saying it was determined to revoke the company’s toll-road concession.

” There is no disagreement. The cabinet endorse propelling the following procedure to withdraw the concession ,” Salvini said, after some authority members reportedly indicated they favoured fining Autostrade. But the process would take” some weeks or months”, he said, and would involve hearing Autostrade’s counter-arguments.

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Salvini has also hitting out at austerity measures imposed by the European Union, claiming they restricted government spending. The European commission said it had given Rome billions of euros to invest in infrastructure maintenance and repairs.

Meanwhile, public exasperation at what many see as decades of government negligence and underspending on the country’s disintegrating infrastructure has been climbing.

As relatives hugged one another at the town hall on Friday and prayed over routes of coffins, La Stampa reported some mourning categories would not attend the state funeral and mass on Saturday, which has been swore a epoch of national mourning.

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The newspaper said the families of 17 preys have refused to take part and a further seven have not yet decided whether they will attend. Some are planning private ceremonies instead of the official service at Genoa’s exhibition and commerce core, which will be led by the city’s archbishop, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, and attended by President Sergio Mattarella and the “ministers “, Giuseppe Conte.

” It is the nation who has prompted this, by not showing their faces: the ceremony of politicians was shocking ,” said Nunzia, the mother of one of four young Italians from Naples who died as they set off on holiday.

The father of another martyr said his son” will not become a number in the catalogue of deaths caused by Italian collapses. We do not crave a satire of a funeral but a formality at home .”

An engineering study commissioned by Autostrade last year reminded about the state of the bridge’s concrete-encased cable remains, Italian newspapers reported.

The transport ministry has given the company 15 epoches to show it met all its contractual indebtedness, and misses the company to rebuild the bridge at its own expense.

Autostrade has disavowed skimping on maintenance, saying it has invested more than EUR1bn( PS900m) a year since 2012. It said here today monitored the connection every quarter as required by law, as well as carrying out extra checks expending external experts.

The homes of some of the 600 beings removed from plains below the remaining encompass of the bridge will be razed for anxiety of farther downfall, the government announced, adding that they would be found alternative home although it may take months to re-house everyone.

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