Our pick of the news from Fethiye and around Turkey over the last week.
Bodrum underwater as floods sweep the Turkish resort town
The Aegean resort town of Bodrum in southwestern Turkey’s Muğla province was pounded with hail and heavy rains that swept away cars and left the town underwater on Thursday.
Rainfall began in the morning hours and grew in intensity in mid-afternoon, turning streets into lakes and stranding drivers and pedestrians.
Videos on social media showed rivers of water sweeping over cars as they poured down the streets of the town. Photos showed well-known sites in Bodrum nearly unrecognizable as locals waded through waist-deep water.
A waterspout formed on the sea between Bodrum and the Greek island of Kos at around 2 pm and was visible from the Turkish shore for about 15 minutes, causing panic. However, the waterspout headed west and was eventually lost from sight.
Firefighters and emergency response teams from Muğla Metropolitan Municipality and Bodrum Municipality were working to drain water from homes and business
Source: Daily Sabah
New garbage sensors big step toward smart cities
Designed by the Ankara-based research and development company Evreka, sensors that can be installed in public garbage containers set off alarms for municipal garbage collectors, attracting the attention of garbage trucks to empty the container. With the system, municipalities are able to lower the cost of garbage collecting and are able to more efficiently collect trash in the least amount of time.
Currently, the company is working with 30 garbage collecting firms and 15 municipalities around Turkey as well as seven other countries.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency (AA), Evreka Funding Partner Mert Barutçu said the garbage trucks track the containers with a navigation system. “When the containers are full, the information is delivered to the garbage trucks. By using the system, the garbage collectors collect more garbage with minimum resources”.
The system can also be rented by the municipalities and private sector waste collectors.
Source: Daily Sabah
Women march against violence across Turkey
Thousands of women took to the streets across Turkey to mark the U.N. International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25th November.
Violence against women is a recurrent issue in Turkey, where several hundred femicides are recorded each year.
In Fethiye, a group of women held a bike tour to raise awareness in the community. The women rode from Fethiye Town Square to Şehit Fethi Bey Parkı.
Global Action: Orange the World
Participants the world over are encouraged to wear a touch of orange in solidarity with the cause – the colour symbolizes a brighter future and a world free from violence against women and girls.
The group in Fethiye tied orange balloons to their bikes and wore touches of orange.
Sources: Hürriyet Daily News/fethiyehaber.com/un.org
Two detained for growing cannabis on balcony
Two males were detained on Tuesday when, what appeared to be cannabis growing in a pot on the balcony of a house in the Fethiye area, was reported to police.
Fethiye District Police Department Anti-Narcotics Crime Group, along with Hera the detector dog, carried out a search of the premises and found two pots of cannabis on the balcony and hemp in the lower part of the house where firewood was stored. A total of 556 grams of cannabis was seized.
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the sport updates.
Fethiyespor lost their home match against Manisa Büyükşehir Belediye Spor on Saturday. The final score was 0-2.
Fethiyespor remain at 16th position on the league table.
The next league matches are:
Saturday 8th December away against Pendikspor. Kick off is at 13.30.
The last game of the first half of the season is:
Sunday 16th December at home against Bandirmaspor. Kick off is at 13.30.
The second half of the season starts on the 20th January 2019.
For more information about Fethiyespor please visit Fethiyespor Yabancilar on Facebook.
Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor Basketbol
Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor won their away match against Nazili Belediyespor yesterday. The final score was 60– 78.
For more information about Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor please visit them on Facebook.
Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates
The British Pound bought 6.65 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 6.77 TL.
The US Dollar bought 5.21 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 5.28 TL.
The Euro bought 5.90 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 5.99TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.
Featured photograph courtesy of Rumble