Our pick of the news from Fethiye and around Turkey over the last week.
Ankara flash floods: Six injured as heavy rains cause havoc
Flash floods caused by heavy rain have wreaked havoc in Ankara.
The heavy downpours occurred in the Mamak district of the Turkish capital on Saturday, injuring six people, according to state-run Anadolu news agency.
There were dramatic scenes of drivers trying to escape from their vehicles and several cars being swept down the street by flood waters.
Municipality workers rushed to the scene to pull out stranded motorists. Dozens of vehicles were damaged and many shops were flooded.
Ankara’s Mayor Mustafa Tuna said it was “a natural disaster like never before”.
A Turkish official explained that the rain was expected to last three hours on Saturday afternoon. It came down in just nine minutes, causing the flash flooding.
Turke’s labour and social security minister said six people were injured in the floods, which damaged more than 160 cars and 25 businesses. The minister said the government was working to assess and alleviate the damage.
Footage showed cars and trucks being swept away in the floods. One man escaped being submerged by climbing on top of a car caught in the flood.
Showers remain in the forecast for much of the week ahead and some of them will be heavy and thundery. It may even be next Saturday before the wet weather finally clears away.
Fethiye Municipality becomes Blue Wave’s newest partner
Written by Şemsi Toprak
The Fethiye Municipality is the latest partner to join the Blue Wave project, an initiative focused on sustainable tourism in the coastal region of Fethiye. The Municipality signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the 20th April and will be working in partnership alongside the Chamber of Shipping, TURMEPA, and D-Marin and the Travel Foundation to embed sustainable boating practices alongside greener marina management and coastal environment protection.
Fethiye Municipality operates three marinas which mainly host commercial vehicles such as daily tour boats and blue cruise gullets in Fethiye and Göcek. The Municipality is also responsible for managing all the waste and recycling facilities in the district.
Having the formal support from local government is a huge boost to the project and we are delighted to be working with them as the project builds pace.
Underwater artists paint colourful pieces in Turkey
Artists from Turkey, Georgia, Nakhchivan and Azerbaijan put on their wetsuits to paint colourful pieces while diving during the ‘Our International Seas and Colors Underwater Painting Event’ in the Fethiye district of Muğla, Turkey, on April 30, 2018.
Source: Global Times
Photos: Tahsin Ceylan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images/VCG
Rescue teams mobilised to rescue paragliding pilot
A Russian pilot was rescued by search and rescue services after making a forced landing whilst paragliding from the world famous Babadağ on Saturday.
Nikolai Alanzov (48), who jumped from the 1800-meter slope, experienced difficulties when his parachute closed due to high wind. He made a forced landing on a steep, rocky area between the 1800 and 1900 meter runways.
Fethiye AKUT, Babadağ UMKE, AFAD and Ölüdeniz gendarmerie responded to the 112 emergency call and used a rope rescue system to reach the pilot who had landed where there were no access paths.
AKUT team leader Fatih Işık said, “The Russian tourist was not injured and the operation lasted about 3 hours,”
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor updates.
It was the last match of the season on Saturday and Fethiyespor drew their home match against Bugaşspor AŞ. The final score was 1-1.
Fethiyespor finished the season in 14th place on the league table.
We will bring you news about next season later in the summer.
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Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates:
The British Pound bought 5.70 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 5.56 TL.
The US Dollar bought 4.22 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 4.04 TL.
The Euro bought 5.05 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 4.90 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.