Italy motorway collapse: Deadliest bridge disasters over the past 20 years

A view of the Morandi motorway bridge after a section collapsed in Italy's northern city of Genoa, on Aug 14, 2018.
A view of the Morandi motorway bridge after a section collapsed in Italy's northern city of Genoa, on Aug 14, 2018.PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - The collapse of a motorway bridge on Tuesday (Aug 14) in Italy's northern port city of Genoa was the most deadly of its kind in Europe since 2001.

Here is a recap of some previous bridge collapses which left at least 20 dead or missing around the world over the past two decades .

2016: KOLKATA

In March in India, the collapse of a flyover onto a busy street in the city of Kolkata killed at least 26 people. Rescue workers pulled out nearly 100 people injured under huge concrete slabs and metal.

2011: INDIA

In October in India, at least 32 people were killed when a bridge packed with festival crowds collapsed in north-east India, about 30km from the hill town of Darjeeling.

Less than a week later, around 30 people were killed when a footbridge over a river in the north-eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh collapsed.

2007: CHINA AND NEPAL

In August in China, at least 64 workers were killed when a river bridge in central Hunan province collapsed as they were completing its construction.

In Nepal in December, at least 16 people were killed and 25 missing after a bridge crowded with religious pilgrims collapsed in the west of the country. At the time of the accident, nearly 400 people were said to have been on the bridge across a gorge over the Bheri River, 380km west of the capital Kathmandu. As many as 100 people managed to swim to safety.

 
 

2006: PAKISTAN AND INDIA

In August in Pakistan, at least 40 people died as monsoon rains washed away a bridge at Mardan, 50km from Peshawar in the north-west of the country.

In December in India, at least 34 people died as a 150-year-old bridge collapsed on a passenger train in the railway station in the eastern state of Bihar.

2003: INDIA AND BOLIVIA

In August in India, 20 people, including 19 children, died when a bridge fell into a river near Mumbai, making a school bus and four other vehicles fall into the water.

In December in Bolivia, at least 29 people died as floods washed away a road bridge as a bus was crossing it.

2001: PORTUGAL

In March in Portugal, 58 people died when a century-old road bridge collapsed, causing a coach and three cars to fall into the Douro river, near the northern city of Porto.

1999: CHONGQING

In January in China, a 180m-long bridge collapsed near the south-western city of Chongqing, due to several structural faults, killing 40 people.

1998: PERU

In March in Peru, at least 26 people were killed or missing when a 200m-long bridge collapsed and was carried away by the overflowing Piura river in the north.