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#1 » by Tec (β1184) » March 21st, 2019, 5:21 pm

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At least 71 dead as ferry capsizes in Iraq river
By Hamdi Alkhshali, Nada Altaher and Tamara Qiblawi, CNN

(CNN) - At least 71 people have died, including 12 children, as an overcrowded ferry capsized in Iraq's Tigris river in Mosul.
Nearly 150 people were on board, including over 80 women and children, according to health ministry spokesman Saif al-Badr.

The ferry was transporting people from a bank of the river to a small tourist island called Um al Rabeein. It capsized halfway because of high water levels in the river, according to Nineveh mayor, Abd al-Sattar Habu.
Rescue teams were able to recover a number of bodies from the river, and search operations are still ongoing, he said.

"The Department of Water Resources warned a few days ago that the level of water will rise as a result of the opening of dams," Habu added.

The ferry was loaded with over twice the permitted capacity, Civil Defense General Manager Brigadier Malik Bohan told state-owned Al Iraqiya.

Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul al-Mahdi ordered an immediate investigation and demanded that the findings be presented to him within 24 hours, according to a statement.

The US embassy in Baghdad issued a statement expressing condolences to families of the victims. "Chargé d'Affaires Joey Hood and the entire United States Mission express our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their lives in the tragic ferry accident on the Tigris River near Mosul," it read.
More to follow.

- CNN.com


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