PM Abdul Mahdi orders formation of crisis committee in Nineveh

Coordinating Baghdad's response
Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi pays a visit to the survivors of the Mosul ferry disaster at a hospital in Mosul on Thursday, March 21, 2019. (Photo Credit: Iraqi Prime Minister's Press Office)

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SULAIMANI – Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi issued an order on Friday (March 22) forming a crisis committee to coordinate the central government’s response to events in Nineveh governorate.

The committee will monitor developments and assist the Nineveh Provincial Council as it investigates the Mosul ferry disaster, according to the Prime Minister’s Press Office.

The crisis committee will consist of President of Mosul University Mizahm Qasim Khayat, Commander of Nineveh Police Staff Major General Hamd al-Jabouri, and Commander of Nineveh Operations Major General Najm al-Jabouri. The committee will report directly to the prime minister.

“The crisis committee should accelerate the investigation and punish those parties that were negligent in the catastrophe. It should give necessary compensation to the families’ victims,” the statement added.

“All sides should act responsibly and avoid condemning each other in a way that will harm the people of Mosul.”

The statement also called on the Nineveh governor Nawfal Hammadi al-Sultan to follow the directives of the Nineveh Provincial Council.

At least 90 people died when an overloaded ferry sank in the Tigris river, although that number is expected to rise.

Mobile phone footage showed the ferry sinking into the muddy water and people shouting for help.

Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi announced three days of mourning across Iraq and in the representative offices of Iraqi abroad following the incident. He also ordered an immediate investigation into the incident.

(NRT Digital Media)