IRAQ: Official have reported Iraq Ferry sinking has raised death toll to 71. Mostly women and children were killed by drowning.
The Iraq ferry was loaded with tourist celebrating Nowruz holiday.
The spokesperson for interior ministry Major General Saad Maan has said seventy-one people were killed. The ferry was carrying families celebrating the Nowruz holiday flipped over the Tigris river near the Iraqi city of Mosul.
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The ferry that was carrying over a hundred people, most of them could not swim, civil defense authority reported.
The Iraqi media has reported as many as 170 people were on the ferry. The local media has also reported that 10 ambulances have been sent to Mosul.
The ferry was on its way to Umm Rabaen island, a tourist area about 4km (2.5 miles) upstream.
Images and video clips of the distressing situation are being shared on social media.
Overturned ferry and people swimming furiously. Screams of people are also heard, many jumping in the river to rescue the drowning people.