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Iraq ferry sinking: 'At least 65 dead' in Tigris river at Mosul

BY: BBC
The ferry was reportedly en route to a tourist island upstream from the city centre
The ferry was reportedly en route to a tourist island upstream from the city centre

At least 40 people are feared to have drowned after a river ferry sank near the Iraqi city of Mosul.

Most of the people on board the vessel were women and children and could not swim, the head of Mosul's civil defence agency reportedly said.

Rescue teams are working to save those who went down with the ferry on the Tigris river near a tourist area.

The final death toll remains unclear, with some sources saying up to 60 people may have died.

Images on social media show the upturned vessel and people floating in the water.

Local information account Mosul Eye has tweeted an "urgent appeal" for people to go down to the river and help with the rescue.