Dozens dead as ferry sinks in north Iraq: officials
MOSUL- Agence France-Presse
At least 80 people died when an overcrowded ferry carrying families sank on March 21 in a swollen river in northern Iraq during Kurdish New Year celebrations, officials said.
"The boat sank because there were too many passengers on board, more than a hundred," another security official based in Mosul told AFP.
The vessel was packed with men, women and children crossing the Tigris to go to a popular picnic area, he said.
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.