More than 70 people dead as ferry sinks in north Iraq
The authorities had warned people to be careful after several days of heavy rains led to water being released through the Mosul dam, causing the river level to rise. Videos shared on social media showed a fast-flowing, bloated river and dozens of people in the water around the partly submerged boat. Search operations were continuing hundreds of metres downstream from the site where the boat sank, according to an AFP journalist. Hundreds of people who had flocked to the forested area for the first days of spring gathered on the river banks as the disaster unfolded. Ambulances and police vehicles transported the dead and wounded to hospitals in the city of nearly two million people. Islamic State
Photos of victims, many of them women and children, were posted on the walls of a morgue for families unable to enter because of the large crowd outside to identify their relatives. IS turned Mosul into their de-facto Iraqi capital after the jihadists swept across much of the country's north. The city spent three years under the group's iron-fisted rule until it was recaptured by Iraqi troops backed by a US-led coalition in 2017. Previously Iraq's last major boat disaster was in March 2013 when a floating restaurant sank in Baghdad, killing five people. Poor Resources
Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi put health services on alert and instructed all available teams to mobilise to find survivors after Thursday's accident. He ordered a swift investigation "to determine responsibilities". Former prime minister Haider al-Abadi called for a period of national mourning. Several political leaders denounced the lack of safety at dilapidated leisure facilities in a country where the dismal state of public services was one of the triggers for widespread protests last year.
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