More than 70 people are reported to have died after a ferry sank within the Tigris river in Iraq’s metropolis of Mosul.
Most of the 100 passengers stated to have been on board couldn’t swim, the top of Mosul’s civil defence company stated. The ferry was reportedly heading in direction of a vacationer island as a part of Kurdish New Year celebrations. Rescue groups are on the lookout for survivors. Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has ordered an investigation “to find out obligations”.
In a statement Mr Mahdi stated he was following the story “with ache and unhappiness” , and ordered “all state efforts” to seek out survivors and deal with victims. About 12 people have been rescued to this point, the defence company chief stated.
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Aftermatch of Mosul ferry sinking The vessel was stated to be on its method to Umm Rabaen island, a vacationer space about 4km (2.5 miles) upstream and north of town centre. People throughout the area are celebrating Nowruz, the Kurdish New Year pageant.
Local info supply Mosul Eye tweeted an “pressing appeal” for people to go right down to the river close to the Fifth Bridge and the Old Bridge within the metropolis centre to assist with the rescue. It known as on motorists to cease their automobiles to permit ambulances carrying victims to cross.
The Kurdistan Regional Government has reportedly despatched 10 ambulances to Mosul from the close by metropolis of Duhok to assist. Mosul was captured by the Islamic State group in June 2014 and have become its de-facto capital. It was not liberated till July 2017 after a nine-month battle that left massive components of town in ruins.