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 .


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.


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.



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.


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.


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.


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.