The boat would be capsized because they were overloaded. On board were about two hundred people, while the vessel has a capacity of fifty passengers. Beside it stood the water level of the Tigris is quite high, by the rains of the past weeks. The victims include many women and children who could not swim. the
The people on board were on their way to Noroez, the Persian new year party, to celebrate. Traditionally, picnicking families than in the park. Mosul was in 2017 freed from Islamic State (IS). The city came in the summer of 2014 under the control of the terreurgroepering.
Adil Abdul-Mahdi, the prime minister of Iraq, has three days of national mourning was declared. The government dropped himself off to Mosul.