In this weeks round up of the local news from Fethiye, Oludeniz, Hisaronu, Kayakoy and area includes Seki dam project starts, snake rescued by fire service, Turkish Lira falls to new low and more.

Snakes and Ladders

Calis, Fethiye

The Fethiye Fire service was called out to help with a slippery problem last week.

A petrol station near Baris Mancho Boulevard called the service to ask them to help remove a snake that had slithered into a generator room.

The 1.5 meter long snake was captured using a long grab handle similar to those used for litter picking.

The slippery snake was later released into the wild.

Turkish Lira Falls to New Low

And talking of snakes and ladders it was a bad week for the Turkish currency.

At the end of the week the US Dollar surged last the TRY 2.00 point for the first time. The British pound did well too with the rate hitting TRY 3.10 too.

Turkey increased its interest rates on Tuesday to stem the value but some have dismissed it as too little to late.

A combination of the fear of the ending of cheap US money and the over heating of the Turkish economy all just some of the reasons for this dramatic fall in the value of the Lira.

FIG New Children’s Clinic

Arkarca, Fethiye

Local charity group Fethiye International Group (FIG) hit the headlines this week when FIG member Jill Erdogan and the Fethiye Governor Ekrem Calik and his wife opened a new children’s unit at the state hospital.

The unit brings state of the art facilities to the hospital that until now were only available in the big cities such as Izmir and Antalya.

The Governor congratulated and thanked FIG for all their hard work and for contributing so much to the unit.

Ground Broken for Dam Project

Bogalar, Seki, Fethiye

The construction of a new 65 million TL damn for Seki was launched last week in a huge ground breaking ceremony with local and national politicians and senior government officials in attendance.

Over 1,000 people will be employed in the project that is expected to add 20 million to the local economy.

When the dam is completed it will be 62 metres long and the total water held will be 23.3 million cubic meters.

It will provide drinking water, irrigation and flood protection for the upper Esen river basin.


Neighbours Raise Alarm

Patlangic, Fethiye

A German man was found dead in his rented apartment last week.

Neighbours of the 48 year-old raised the alarm after noticing that his balcony doors had been left open all night with the lights on.

Medical teams entered the apartment with the help of a locksmith where it is reported they found a body of a male in the bathroom.

Fethiye Bans Sky Lanterns

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