0635 GMT April 21, 2019
The ferry was transporting people from a bank of the Tigris River to a small tourist island, called Umm al-Rabeein, on Thursday, IRNA reported.
The ferry reportedly sunk near Mosul. It claimed the lives of 71 passengers.
Iraqi Prime Minster Adil Abdul-Mahdi has ordered an inquiry on Thursday into the incident and said justice should be served.
He has also declared three days of public mourning.