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WorldIraq ferry disaster: Death toll rises to 102 in Tigris River

13:20  23 march  2019
13:20  23 march  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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An overcrowded ferry capsized in the Tigris River near Mosul, killing at least 102 © MOHAMED EL-SHAHED/AFP/Getty Images A general view of the Tigris River is seen from the compound of the closed Nineveh International Hotel in Mosul on June 16, 2017 which was recovered by Iraqi troops

(CNN) - An overcrowded ferry capsized in the Tigris River near Mosul, killing at least 102 people during Nowruz and Mother's Day celebrations on Thursday Duraid Hikmat Tobya, the director of Nineveh Water Resources, said the boat capsized halfway because of high water levels in the river .

Iraq ferry disaster: Death toll rises to 102 in Tigris River© MOHAMED EL-SHAHED/AFP/Getty Images A general view of the Tigris River is seen from the compound of the closed Nineveh International Hotel in Mosul on June 16, 2017 which was recovered by Iraqi troops from Islamic State group fighters earlier in the year. A screening centre set up in the compound's fairgrounds sees a constant stream of Iraqis fleeing the battle for Mosul, awaiting their turn to be checked by the Iraqi forces who are searching for suspected Islamic State (IS) group members. The small fairground lies at the end of a pontoon bridge across the Tigris recently opened to civilians that is the only physical link between the two banks of the river. / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMED EL-SHAHED (Photo credit should read MOHAMED EL-SHAHED/AFP/Getty Images)

An overcrowded ferry capsized in the Tigris River near Mosul, killing at least 102 people during Nowruz and Mother's Day celebrations on Thursday, officials said.

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The dead were mostly women and children celebrating the Nowruz new year and Mother's Day when the boat sank while crossing the Tigris River in Mosul. Videos of the ferry disaster posted online showed people struggling against the strong current. Young men who had been lunching on the banks

(CNN) - An overcrowded ferry capsized in the Tigris River near Mosul, killing at least 102 people during Nowruz and Mother's Day celebrations on Thursday Duraid Hikmat Tobya, the director of Nineveh Water Resources, said the boat capsized halfway because of high water levels in the river .

Among the victims were at least 12 children, officials have said.

Of the more than 170 people who were on board, about 60 are missing, said Mosul Mayor Zuhair al-Araji.

The ferry was transporting people from a bank of the river to a small tourist island called Umm al-Rabeein.

"My family was happy and preparing food to celebrate Nowruz," said survivor Omtir Tajuddin, who lost his mother. Nowruz is the Persian New Year, while Mother's Day is also celebrated on March 21 in the Arab world.

"Is it conceivable that my mother goes on Mother's Day? She survived ISIS only to die in the ferry that sailed only a hundred meters from the shore to Umm al-Rabeein Island. We are a people without value," Tajuddin added.

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Death toll in Iraq ferry accident rises to 45, a security source tells Sputnik. The second reason of the capsize is the high water level of Tigris river pic.twitter.com/V7E7kYgNPU. 10s of people drowned when a ferry sank few minutes ago in Tigris river , Mosul.#Mosul2019 pic.twitter.com/6zjaYMBvji.

(CNN) - An overcrowded ferry capsized in the Tigris River near Mosul, killing at least 102 people during Nowruz and Mother's Day celebrations on Thursday Duraid Hikmat Tobya, the director of Nineveh Water Resources, said the boat capsized halfway because of high water levels in the river .

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

Duraid Hikmat Tobya, the director of Nineveh Water Resources, said the boat capsized halfway because of high water levels in the river.

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

Minister Adil Abdul al-Mahdi ordered an immediate investigation and demanded 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.

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