The Latest: Death toll from Iraq ferry sinking rises to 83

This image taken from video provided by Mohammed Issam shows boats trying to rescue people in the Tigris River after a overloaded ferry sank on Thursday, March 21, 2019 near Mosul, Iraq. Col. Hussam Khalil, head of the Civil Defense in the northern Nineveh province, told The Associated Press the accident occurred as scores of people were out in a tourist area celebrating Nowruz, which marks the Kurdish new year and the arrival of spring. (Mohammed Issam via AP)

BAGHDAD — The Latest on a ferry that sank in northern Iraq near Mosul, killing dozens of people (all times local):

9:30 p.m.

An Iraqi health official says the death toll from a ferry disaster in the Tigris River near Mosul has climbed to 83.

The ferry, said to have been overloaded, capsized with more than one hundred people on it, many of them women and children who had been celebrating the Kurdish new year and Mother's Day. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to give official statements.

The accident was the worst in recent memory, and the death toll was expected to rise.

Iraqi TV said a court in Mosul detained nine workers operating the ferry and issued an arrest warrant for the owner of the tourist island where it was headed.

— Qassim Abdul-Zahra in Baghdad

___

6:30 p.m.

Iraqi officials say the death toll from the sinking of a ferry overloaded with people celebrating the Kurdish new year in northern Iraq has risen to 71.

Maj. Gen. Saad Maan, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry, says 71 people died and another 55 have been rescued, including 19 children.

Officials say the ferry sank in the Tigris River near the northern city of Mosul because of a technical problem, and that there weren't many boats in the area to rescue people.

___

5 p.m.

An Iraqi official says a ferry overloaded with people celebrating the Kurdish new year sank in the Tigris river near Mosul, killing at least 40 people.

Col. Hussam Khalil, head of the Civil Defense in the Nineveh province, told The Associated Press that the accident occurred on Thursday as scores of people were out in the tourist area celebrating Nowruz, which marks the Kurdish new year and the arrival of spring.

Khalil says many of the dead were women and children, adding that search operations are still underway.

People also read these

Taliban suicide car bombing in Kabul kills 24...

Jul 24, 2017

Taliban suicide car bombing targets minibus with Afghan government employees, killing 24

Watchdog: Tight security hinders oversight of US...

Aug 1, 2017

The U.S. watchdog tasked with overseeing the spending of U.S. aid to Afghanistan said unprecedented...

At least 20 people killed in mosque attack in...

Aug 25, 2017

Officials say an attack on a mosque in the Afghan capital of Kabul has killed at least 20 people...

Suicide bomber kills 3 outside Afghan cricket...

Sep 13, 2017

Afghan officials say a suicide bomber has struck outside a cricket stadium during a match in the...

The Latest: Afghan official: Drone strikes kill...

Oct 17, 2017

An Afghan official says drone strikes have killed 35 Taliban fighters in the country's east, near...

About Us

Get all the up-to-date breaking news about politics, business, entertainment, sports, lifestyles, weather, traffic, and local news in a seamless digital environment only in Morning Dispatcher.

Contact us: sales[at]morningdispatcher.com

Subscribe Now!

Quick Links

HomePress