According to early reports, a section of a road bridge collapsed during a storm.
President Raimonds Vējonis issued a simple message on Twitter.
Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis did likewise.
Tragic news from Italy. My deepest condolences to families and friends who lost their loved ones at the #Genova bridge collapse. I wish rapid recovery to all the injured!??— Maris Kucinskis (@MarisKucinskis) August 14, 2018
Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs also expressed his condolences.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has opened a hotline for any Latvian residents who are in Italy and are affected by the disaster or require consular assistance. The ministry also invited Latvian nationals in the area to let loved ones know they are safe.
The hotline number is: +371 26 33 77 11 or you can email: [email protected]