At least 100 people including women and children died when an overloaded ferry on Thursday (March) carrying families on an outing sank in the Tigris river in Mosul in northern Iraq. It is thought nearly 200 people were on board, said interior ministry.
He said the ferry had been loaded to several times its capacity. “It can normally carry 50 people. There were 250 on board before the incident,” he said. The boat was ferrying people to a man-made island used as a recreational area by families, according to one witness.
“I was standing near the river back when suddenly the ferry started to tilt left and right, and passengers began screaming before it capsized,” said Mohamed Masoud, a local civil servant. “I saw women and children waving with their hands begging for help but no one was there to rescue them. Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi ordered an inquiry into the accident and said on Twitter that those responsible would be held accountable.
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16 June, 2019