Fethiye Times pick of the news from the local area and around Turkey.
Storms and torrential rain causes flash floods across Turkey
Storms and torrential rain caused flash floods across Turkey on Wednesday.
In Trabzon in the Black Sea region, seven people died in a flash flood that caused a landslide, washing away part of the road. The flood also demolished seven buildings.
Search and rescue teams from Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Service (AFAD), Search and Rescue Association (AKUT), and gendarmerie forces attended.
In Antalya, floodwaters from the Kargalık Creek caused a the retaining wall on the Korkuteli-Fethiye ring road to collapse, affecting a 100 meter stretch of the road.
Vehicles are able to pass on a single lane of the road while repair works take place.
The torrential rain also turned the river at Saklıkent Gorge near Fethiye into a torrent, causing flooding. There was no loss of life due to the measures taken after two people died and eight were injured in July 2014 when they were trapped inside the gorge in a flash flood.
Sources: Hürriyet Daily News/SonDakika/Beşkaza (Fethiye) TV
Fire crews put out 274 stubble fires in Muğla
Fire crews have been called to 274 stubble fires this year so far in Muğla. The majority of the fires were caused by cigarette butts thrown onto the roadside from passing cars and cleaning fires burning in the fields.
According to a statement made by Muğla Metropolitan Municipality, the number of stubble fires this year has increased compared to the previous year.
The statement said “Our citizens should not clear stubble with fire and those traveling by car should be very careful and not throw cigarette butts into the hedgerow.
Zero Waste Blue Project Fethiye cleans the seabed in Ölüdeniz
The Zero Waste Blue Project Fethiye carried out a clean of the seabed in Ölüdeniz on Thursday.
Nine volunteers from the Muğla Environmental Protection Foundation (MUÇEV) cleaned the seabed at Belcekiz and Kumburnu beach in Ölüdeniz, collecting car tires, glass, an umbrella, and plastic products during the nine-hour activity.
A diver rescued an octopus that was caught in the waste during the clean.
During the cleaning work, a banner with the text “Zero Waste Blue” was displayed by a paraglider.
Source: Haber Türk
First-ever ferry service launched between Bulgaria and Turkey
The first-ever sea bus transportation between Turkey and Bulgaria started on Tuesday, as a ferry carried passengers from the Bulgarian city of Burgas to the northwestern Turkish province of Kırklareli.
Istanbul’s Sea Bus Operators (IDO) initiated the services with an aim to boost tourism along Turkey’s Black Sea coastline.
The first ferry, named Sinan Pasha, reached a port in the Iğneada district after five hours. Bulgarian authorities and press members were the first passengers to make the international voyage.
IDO Chairman Hasan Üstündağ said that they have succeeded in establishing the first service between the two countries and they will increase those services if they reach the predicted passenger potential.
Source: Daily Sabah
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the sport updates
Fethiyespor have announced a new five-year sponsorship deal with Russian energy company, Gazprom, the biggest gas producer in Russia which supplies 52% of all the gas in Turkey. Their main goal is to see Fethiyespor in the Super League by the end of the five-years.
Fethiyespor signed contracts with two new players last week
The club signed a contract with 30 year-old Serkan Demirol, goalkeeper, from Sivas spor.
They also signed a three-year contract with 23-year-old Cihan Çayan Duman, a winger who played for the Ederbergland team in Germany.
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Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates
The British Pound bought 7.41 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 7.42 TL.
The US Dollar bought 5.82 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 5.90 TL.
The Euro bought 6.63 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 6.63 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.
Source: Living Earth