At least 22 killed in Italian bridge collapseBy Meg Wagner and Luke McGee
The death toll for the bridge collapse in Italy has risen to 35, according to the office of the Governor of the northwestern Liguria region — where Genoa is located.
The office announced it on its official twitter account, quoting unnamed sources from the Fire Department.
Giovanni Toti, the Governor of Liguria, has been heavily involved in the rescue efforts and had already said at a press conference on Tuesday that he expected the death toll to rise.
Davide Di Giorgio was taking video of today's rain when he captured the moment the bridge collapsed.
He told CNN that he was filming the weather from the window of his office when the bridge gave way.
“I wanted to show my family, who lives on the other side of Genoa, the heavy rain," he said. “As soon as I turned the camera to record the rain, we heard a loud noise and the bridge collapsed. It took me three seconds to realize what happened.”
He added: “My colleagues and I were shaking ... I saw it from the camera of my smartphone so it was unreal."
Watch the footage here:
The death toll for the collapse of the Morandi Bridge has now risen to 25, the office of the Governor of the northwestern Liguria region said on its official twitter account.
See the original tweet below.
The death toll for the bridge collapse in Italy has risen to 22, Edoardo Rixi, the Italian deputy minister of infrastructure told reporters at a press conference.
Rixi was speaking at a joint press conference with Giovanni Toti, the governor of the northwestern Liguria region, who added that he expects the death toll to continue to rise.
CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said heavy rainfall, wind and lightning all may have played a role in this morning's bridge collapse.
Rescue teams are on the scene of the bridge collapse near Genoa, Italy.
So far, 240 fire brigade units and rescue teams are working at the bridge, and more are expected to arrive from nearby regions.
Video showed one rescuer suspended mid-air over the bridge collapse site:
Angelo Borrelli, the head of the Italian Civil Protection Agency, said at a news conference that 13 people have been injured in the bridge collapse.
Of the injured victims, five have severe injuries. But that number is expected to be higher as rescue teams remove the rubble, Borrelli said.
Right now, 240 fire brigade units and rescue teams are on the scene, and more are expected to arrive from nearby regions.
The bridge, near Genoa, collapsed around noon local time. Here's video from the moment it gave way:
CNN's international diplomatic editor Nic Robertson is in Genoa standing meters from the collapsed Morandi Bridge.
An Italian fire brigade shared this arial video of the aftermath following the bridge collapse.
The Morandi Bridge, which lies to the west of the port city of Genoa, gave way earlier today. It's a major thoroughfare, and it links central Genoa with Genoa airport and towns along the coast to the west of the city.
Here's the footage: