Genoa bridge collapse: Rescue workers search for survivors - in pictures



Italian rescuers searched through the night for any survivors under the shattered remains of a motorway bridge in Genoa as investigators probed what could have caused such a catastrophic collapse.

At least 37 people, including a child, were confirmed dead and many more were missing after a vast span of the Morandi bridge collapsed during a heavy rainstorm, sending cars and trucks plunging 45-metres onto railway tracks below.

Rescuers spent the night within the tangled remains of the bridge under floodlights and there were fears the toll could rise in what the Italian government has called an "immense tragedy".

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

Autostrade - the organisation responsible for maintaining Italian motorways - said on Wednesday they had been monitoring the bridge quarterly, as required by law.

"Unfortunately there are around 30 dead and many injured in a serious condition," Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said on Wednesday, vowing that those responsible would "pay, pay everything, and pay dearly".

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Girls full-contact rugby may be in its infancy in the Middle East, but there are already a number of role models for players to look up to.

Sophie Shams (Dubai Exiles mini, England sevens international)

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Seren Gough-Walters (Sharjah Wanderers mini, Wales rugby league international)

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Erin King (Dubai Hurricanes mini, Ireland sevens international)

Aged five, Australia-born King went to Dubai Hurricanes training at The Sevens with her brothers. She immediately struck up a deep affection for rugby. She returned to the city at the end of last year to play at the Dubai Rugby Sevens in the colours of Ireland in the Women’s World Series tournament on Pitch 1.

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