More than 70 people die as vessel packed with families celebrating Nowruz holiday capsizes in Tigris river in Mosul city.

Scores of people have died after a ferry carrying families celebrating the Nowruz holiday capsized in the Tigris River near the Iraqi city of Mosul, according to officials. Major General Saad Maan, a spokesman for the interior ministry, said at least 71 people were killed in Thursday's accident. A separate source told Reuters news agency that 72 were confirmed dead. Another 55 people, including 19 children, were rescued. "It's a disaster, no one expected that," a young man who had just managed to reached the shore told AFP news agency. "There were a lot of people on the boat, especially women and children."