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

Rescue workers have exploited jackhammers and cranes to lift vast slabs of concrete from the collapsed Morandi Bridge in Genoa, as anger mounted over the disaster and some families threatened to boycott a country funeral for victims on Saturday.

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

A fire apparently caused by a trigger from metal-cutting equipment delayed rescue operations for some hours on Friday, but more than 300 disaster works, including firefighters exploiting sniffer puppies and heavy machine, soon resumed their search for the 20 people Genoa’s foreman public prosecutor said are still unaccounted for.

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

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

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

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

Deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini, leader of the far-right League, disclaimed reports the rule coalition- which has accused the disaster 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 separation. The locker approved propelling the procedure to withdraw the concession ,” Salvini said, after some authority members reportedly mentioned that they promoted 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 pop out at austerity measures imposed by the European Union, claiming they restraint public 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 failure and underspending on the country’s deteriorating infrastructure has been clambering.

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

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The newspaper said the families of 17 casualties 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 show and busines 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 state who has prompted this, by not showing their faces: the ceremony of legislators was reprehensible ,” 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 lacks. We do not miss a comedy of a funeral but a ritual at home .”

An engineering study commissioned by Autostrade last year reminded about the state of the bridge’s concrete-encased cable bides, 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 denied skimping on upkeep, saying it has invested more than EUR1bn( PS900m) a year since 2012. It said here today monitored the bridge every quarter as required by law, as well as carrying out extra checks applying external experts.

The homes of some of the 600 beings evacuated from apartments below the remaining part distances of the connection will be bulldozed for horror of further collapse, both governments announced, adding that they would be found alternative dwelling although it may take months to re-house everyone.

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