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Death toll from Iraq ferry sinking rises to 71

IANS  |  Mosul (Iraq) 

At least 71 people died, including 12 children, when an overcrowded ferry capsized in Iraq's in during and celebrations.

Nearly 150 people were on board, including over 80 women and children, according to Saif al-Badr, reported.

The ferry was transporting people from a 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 mayor, Abd

"My family was happy and preparing to celebrate Nowruz," said Survivor who lost his mother. is the Persian New Year, while is also celebrated on March 21 in the Arab world.

"Is it conceivable that my mother goes on She survived only to die in the ferry that sailed only a hundred meters from the shore to We are a people without value," Tajuddin added.

Rescue teams were able to recover a number of bodies from the river, and are still ongoing, he said.

"The 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, told state-owned Al Iraqiya.

Iraqi ordered an immediate investigation and demanded that the findings be presented to him within 24 hours, according to a statement.

The issued a statement expressing condolences to families of the victims. "Charge d'Affaires Joey Hood and the entire express our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their lives in the tragic ferry accident on the near Mosul," it read.



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First Published: Fri, March 22 2019. 00:54 IST