Fethiye Times' weekly round up of the local news.

Wild Weather Again

The weather has been in the local and national news headlines almost constantly since the start of the new year and last week was no different.

Kaş – Kalkan Road Closed

At the start of the week a big gale lashed the south west coast of Turkey.

Waves pounded the coast and were so strong that they destroyed part of the Kaş – Kalkan D400 road washing away part of the road, breaking the metal coach barrier and undermining other parts of the road.

From the video published by the press the damage looked similar to that sustained along the Dawlish rail line last year.

The road was closed and a large detour set up for the busy main D400 road.

Officials who visited the site to assess the damage told the press that this type of weather was rare.

Snow Rescue

Later in the week a brief warm spell lured picnickers out of their homes and to the surrounding countryside.

However, over 45 women, children and men were stranded when a sudden and unexpected snow storm hit Babdag mountain.

They had to be rescued by the Jandarma and Ulusal Medikal Kurtarma Ekibinden (UMKE) – National Medical Rescue Team.

Snow Closes Roads

Meanwhile the second key route to Antalya, the Fethiye – Antalya road, was closed by snow for a while on Tuesday.

Various other local roads were also closed until teams could arrive to remove snow.

Drivers were advised the carry snow chains and drive with care if they were planning to drive over the highlands.

A flask and blankets would also be a good idea too we think.

Valentine's Day Celebrated

Lovers all over town celebrated Valentine's Day on Saturday.

But some went a stage further.

A total of 17 couples married on Saturday in the town.

Muğla Municipality Bus Fleet Expands

The county council run transport network continues to grow with new busses and routes introduced.

Some 74 busses are to be added to the fleet, according to local reports.

The smart new busses have dedicated disabled areas on them and better access for pushchairs and wheelchairs.

Local transport bosses were quoted as saying that they hope congestion will be eased if people use the new busses rather than drive into and around the congested towns of Bodrum, Muğla, Fethiye, Datça and Marmaris.

Arrest

On Tuesday the local press reported that a person had been arrested on suspicion of murder after a pregnant woman was shot.

Turkish Money

The British Pound bought 3.80 Turkish Lira by the end of the week.

The week before it bought 3.77 Turkish Lira.

 

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