Italian PM declares 12-month 'state of emergency' in Genoa after bridge collapse

AFP , Wednesday 15 Aug 2018

Giuseppe Conte
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte speaks as he is flanked by Interior Minister Matteo Salvini and Minister of Labor and Industry Luigi Di Maio during a media conference at the prefecture in the Italian port city of Genoa, Italy August 15, 2018 (Photo: Reuters)

Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte declared Wednesday a 12-month state of emergency in Genoa following the collapse of a bridge that killed at least 39 people.

"A cabinet meeting took place in which we have decreed a 12-month state of emergency and made available a first allocation worth five million euros ($5.7 million) for the national emergencies fund," Conte said in a press conference in the north-western port city.

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