Dozens of Vacation Revelers Killed as Overloaded Boat Sinks in Iraq

ERBIL, Iraq — A ship overloaded with individuals celebrating the Kurdish New 12 months sank within the Tigris River on Thursday, drowning at the least 71 individuals, Iraqi safety and well being officers stated.

Households having fun with the vacation thronged onto a ferry that normally carries employees throughout the river and again close to Mosul, however was getting used for recreation. One of many cables that safe the ferry to the river financial institution snapped and the boat sank, an official for the Mosul Tourism Workplace stated.

Among the many victims had been many ladies and kids, however some 19 youngsters had been rescued together with 34 adults, the Inside Ministry spokesman, Saad Maan, stated.

Mosul’s mayor, Zuhair al-Araji, stated everybody who was there rushed to assist.

“The Civil Protection power tried to save lots of everybody they might in cooperation with the aquatic safety forces and with fishermen and volunteers,” he stated.

Mosul was occupied by the Islamic State for almost 4 years till it was defeated by a punishing air and floor struggle that left town shattered. The gradual return of small pleasures and vacation celebrations has been a balm to the battered inhabitants and had helped deliver again a way of normalcy.

The water stage within the river may be very excessive this 12 months as a result of the spring has been rainier than ordinary, stated Bashar Kikee, a former head of the Ninevah Provincial Council.

The vacation, which marks the start of spring, is named Nowruz and is well known all through Iraqi Kurdistan, but additionally in close by Mosul.

The Iraqi Parliament is opening an investigation into the sinking.

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