Dozens dead as ferry sinks in Tigris River near Iraq's Mosul

Total Views : 297

Dozens dead as ferry sinks in Tigris River near Iraq's Mosul

Dozens of people have died after a ferry carrying about 200 people celebrating the Nowruz holiday capsized in the Tigris River near the Iraqi city of Mosul.

Many of the dead were women and children who could be seen struggling to swim against a strong current, their heads bobbing in the water opposite restaurants and an amusement park where people had been celebrating minutes earlier.

In a visit to the site of the accident on Thursday, Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi ordered an inquiry and said those responsible would be held accountable.

Major-General Saad Maan, a spokesman for the interior ministry, said at least 71 people were killed in the accident. The Associated Press cited an Iraqi health official as putting the number of fatalities at 83.

At least 55 people, including 19 children, were rescued, officials said. "I was standing near the river back when suddenly the ferry started to tilt left and right, and passengers began screaming before it capsized," Mohamed Masoud, a local civil servant, told Reuters news agency.

"I saw women and children waving with their hands begging for help but no one was there to rescue them. I don't know how to swim. I couldn't help. I feel guilty. I watched people drown."

Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, who has been in Tihar jail for the past weeks, is all set to move Delhi High Court seeking bail from the ED custody.

An encounter broke out between the security forces and the terrorists on Tuesday in the Nowshera town in Rajauri district of Jammu and Kashmir. An Army personnel was killed after being fired upon by the terrorists.

Attorney General KK Venugopal told the Supreme Court that it was the responsibility of social media companies to share data wherever there was a threat to national security.

A Special CBI court in Mumbai has issued a notice to the CBI on two fresh applications filed in connection with the PNB scam, in which Mehul Choksi is the prime accused.

'Nirvani Akahara', one of the Hindu parties in the decades-old case of Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute in Ayodhya, was asked by the Supreme Court to file a written note, seeking the "right to manage worship of the deity" as 'she...

Stay Updated

Subscribe

I agree to the terms of the privacy policy