Dozens of people have died after a ferry carrying families celebrating the Nowruz holiday capsized in Tigris river near the Iraqi city of Mosul, according to officials.
Numerous victims are women and children, according to the Mosul Eye, a blog that documents events in the city.
A spokesman for the Iraqi health ministry said that at least 55 people were believed to have died, including 33 women, 12 children and ten men.
Iraq's prime minister decreed three days of national mourning as he visited the site of a river boat accident that cost at least 79 lives in the city of Mosul.
Kahil said the ferry can normally carry 50 people but "there were 250 on board before the incident". He said more than 80 people were on the ferry when it sank.Читайте также: Mueller Report About To Drop; Trump: 'Let People See It'
The TV said nine workers operating the ferry have been detained and an arrest warrant is out for the owner of the tourist island where it was headed.
Footage shared on social media showed people shouting for help as others gathered near the river bank.
Iraqi forces drove the Islamic State group from Mosul in 2017 after a devastating campaign that left entire neighbourhoods in ruins.
Rescue teams are working to save those who went down with the ferry on the Tigris river near a tourist area. A source in a nearby hospital and another in a morgue said the toll had risen to 72.
The accident took place to the north of the city, near a recreational area popular with families.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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