Our round up of the weekly news from the area.

Our round up of the weekly news from the area.

It’s not just the forests that are destroyed by forest fires

We often report forest fires and the damage they do but we hadn’t realised that no less than 68% of Muğla province is forested and, in an attempt to educate people about the horrific impact of forest fires, the Governor of Muğla has commissioned an exhibition of photographs entitled ‘It’s not just the forests that are destroyed’. 

When a forest burns, often houses are burnt down too, and always wildlife is killed and its habitat is destroyed. 

The exhibition is currently on show in Marmaris but will come to Fethiye soon.

Shaky to visit Fethiye

Our next item also relates to natural disaster – earthquakes. 

The 25th April 1957 was the date when Fethiye was destroyed by an earthquake that hit 7.25 on the Richter scale but, only because the then Kaymakam evacuated the whole town after a lesser quake hit earlier in the night, a mere 20 people died. 

Istanbul Bosphorus University are coming to Fethiye 17th – 22nd October with their exhibition truck that simulates the effects of a strong quake. 

This is the first time that the truck has been used outside Istanbul, so pop along to the Market Place in Fethiye and see it while it is here. 

As we have said before “If you are going to live in Fethiye you have to be prepared for earthquakes”.

Hash for Cash

Five Turkish youths were arrested in Fethiye this week as they tried to sell hashish to tourists and young Turks in the bars and clubs downtown. 

A search of their car later turned up 0.7kg of hashish and an unregistered gun.

Great Police work!

Silly Boy

A 14-year-old Turkish boy in Kara洬ha managed to shoot himself in the stomach whilst playing with an air gun. 

Fortunately he wasn’t seriously injured.

Mysterious death of local businessman

The body of a 45-year-old local businessman was found by the shore around the peninsula (after the Letoon resort).

He had been beaten about the head and wrists.

According to the local press it was the body of local man Enver Karadag who was the advertising and publicity manager for the glossy dual language magazine ‘Life to Life Fethiye’.

Investigations into his death are continuing.

He leaves a widow and two children.