Thursday, 18 April, 2019

45 dead after ferry sinks in Tigris near Iraq's Mosul

People in the Tigris river SHOCKING Dozens of people have died after a ferry sank
Jeannette Daniel | 22 March, 2019, 00:00

Khalil said numerous dead were women and children. Rescue teams are looking for survivors.

Local information account Mosul Eye has tweeted an "urgent appeal" for people to go down to the river and help with the rescue.

The ferry was reportedly heading towards a tourist island as part of Kurdish New Year celebrations. The militant group had occupied Mosul for three years and considered it the de facto Islamic State capital in Iraq - imposing its harsh rule over more than 1.5 million people, by far the largest territory the Islamic State controlled.

Police and medical sources said earlier at least 40 people had drowned.

Images on social media show the upturned vessel and people floating in the water.

The river's level was high because of a rainy season that brought more precipitation than previous years.

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Falah al-Taii, director of Nineveh health department, said the number of victims that arrived at the forensic department and in the hospitals in Mosul is more than 60, the majority of them women and children. He said more than 80 people were on the ferry when it sank.

The small boat, which was carrying people to a popular picnic area, was believed to be carrying around 150 people when it overturned.

He said he jumped in the water and managed to save a 20-year-old girl.

Iraq's Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has ordered an inquiry into the accident.

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