There are fears that at least 40 people have died after a ferry sank in the Tigris River near the Iraqi city of Mosul.
Most of the people aboard the ship were women and children and could not swim, said Mosul civil protection chief.
Rescue teams try to reach passengers from the ferry, which was allegedly traveling to a tourist island.
Security sources indicate that about 100 people were aboard the ship in the fast-flowing river.
The water authorities reportedly warned people about rising water levels when the gates of the Mosul Dam opened. They are reportedly accusing the ship operator of ignoring the advice.
Images in social media show the upturned ship and the people floating in the water.
Local Information Account Mosul Eye has tweeted an "urgent call" for the people to go down to the river and help with the salvation.