Video: Ferry overturns in Iraq, killing more than 70 people


Published: 2019-03-21 16:40

Last Updated: 2023-01-26 19:31

Tigris River in Iraq.
Tigris River in Iraq.

At least 70 people were killed after a ferry carrying 75 people capsized in the Mosul area of Iraq on Thursday, March 21, 2019, according to deputy governor of Nineveh area of Iraq.

The accident was explained by overloading and the rise of the water table in the Tigris river due to unleashed floodgates, a security source told Sputnik News Agency.

Most of the victims were women and children who could not swim, said the director of Civil Defense in Mosul, adding that the rescue team was still picking up survivors and had rescued 12 people so far.