Pakistan offers condolences over loss of precious lives in Iraq ferry incident

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22 Mar, 2019 10:24 am

ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Pakistan on Friday expressed condolences over the loss of precious lives including women and children, in unfortunate capsizing of a ferry near Mosul.

Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal said that the government and people of Pakistan are deeply saddened and grieved on the tragic loss of precious lives, including women and children, in unfortunate capsizing of a ferry near Mosul.

In a tweet, he said we join bereaved families, people and government of Iraq in this hour of sorrow and grief. He said our prayers are with them.

“Government and people of Pakistan are deeply saddened and grieved on the tragic loss of precious lives, including women and children, in unfortunate capsizing of a ferry near Mosul, on the beginning of Nourooz celebrations, the FO spokesperson tweeted.

In another tweet, Dr Faisal said, “We join bereaved families, people and government of Iraq in this hour of sorrow and grief. Our prayers are with them. May Almighty Allah bless the departed souls with highest places in Jannah and grant strength and fortitude to their families to bear this irreparable loss.”

At least 72 killed as overloaded ferry sinks in Iraq’s Tigris river

At least 72 people died when an overloaded ferry sank in the Tigris river near Mosul in Iraq, medical sources told Reuters on Thursday.

Most of the casualties on the ferry were women and children who could not swim, said the head of Mosul’s Civil Defence Authority Husam Khalil.

A separate source in the Civil Defence Authority said the boat had been loaded with twice its capacity, causing it to capsize.

Mobile phone footage showed the ferry sinking into the muddy water and people shouting for help. The rescue team was retrieving survivors and had rescued 12 people so far, Khalil said.

Police and medical sources said earlier at least 40 people had drowned. A source in a nearby hospital and another in a morgue said the toll had risen to 72. The accident took place to the north of the city, near a recreational area popular with families.




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