Welcome to our pick of last week’s news from Fethiye and around Turkey.
1 dead, 18 injured after magnitude 5.7 quake hits eastern Turkey’s Bingöl province
One person was killed and 18 others injured after a magnitude 5.7 earthquake shook Turkey’s eastern Bingöl province at a shallow depth of 5 kilometers, reports said on Sunday.
A village guard was killed and two others were injured after two observation towers collapsed, according to Bingöl Governor’s Office. Seven people were rescued from the wreckage.
18 people were injured in the temblor but said no one is in critical health condition.
Forty-six aftershocks have happened so far, with two of them more powerful than magnitude 4. Ninety teams from the Environment and Urbanization Ministry have started to assess the damage.
Work continues on “Urban Design” project on 96 street
Improvement works promised by Fethiye Mayor Alim Karaca during the election campaign are continuing in Fethiye.
Work on the new “Urban Design” facelift for 96 street continues and Fethiye Municipality have shared computer generated images of how the finished project will look.
We don’t have a confirmed date for completion yet.
Source: Fethiye Municipality
Hygiene training for hospitality sector employees in Fethiye
Employees from the hospitality sector underwent COVID-19 hygiene training in Fethiye last week.
The session, consisting of 45 minutes theory and two hours practical training, was delivered by Ensa Industrial Cleaning Products Company and covered information on symptoms of the virus, how it is transmitted, prevention methods and precautions to be taken to ensure the safety of guests in the facilities.
Attendees who completed the course were given a Hygiene Training Certificate as required by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
Flood kills 1, causes heavy damage in Turkey’s capital Ankara
More than 250 businesses and residences were flooded in a sudden downpour in Turkey’s capital Ankara, causing devastating damage and heavy financial losses, authorities said on Friday.
According to a statement by the Metropolitan Municipality of Ankara, more than 1,500 calls were made to emergency services to report floods across the capital, with some parts of the city seeing as much as 30 centimeters per square meter of rain.
The statement said preliminary assessment revealed that 250 businesses and residential places suffered damage due to floods.
Drivers trying to get to safety were also stuck in flooded roads, with some of them abandoning their vehicles to get to safety.
Meanwhile, a man trying to clean his flooded barbershop died after he got electrocuted due to a short circuit caused by water damage.
Source: Daily Sabah
Fake white sand at Turkish resorts threatens marine life
Hotels on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast have fueled controversy recently with a gimmick aimed at luring guests that has been condemned as “harmful” to local marine life.
When it was discovered that the “white sand” was actually a gleaming white veneer made of marble or quartz dust, investigations, fines and public outcry ensued.
Experts say that the seemingly innocuous gimmick is more harmful than previously thought and could have an impact on the area’s biodiversity.
Popular hotels, particularly in Bodrum, Turkey’s most famous resort town in the southwest, used to import famed “white sand” from the Maldives in the early 2000s, but increasing prices later forced them to import a similar type of sand from western Turkey’s Lake Salda – otherwise known as “Turkey’s Maldives.”
Since a ban on removing sand from the lake came into force, hoteliers reportedly turned to marble quarries in the region. For many, marble or quartz dust is indistinguishable from natural white sand.
Professor Uğur Sunlu of Ege University says changes to the natural environment of beaches affect maritime flora and fauna.
Speaking to Demirören News Agency (DHA) on Thursday, the professor said that beaches had their own biological diversity and that any outside intervention, no matter how trivial, will affect them. “Every grain of sand has its own weight and mixing it with another material spoils the homogeneous nature of the beach. Rainwater, wind and waves cause the erosion of unnatural material and eventually carry it to sea. In about four months, you will see pollution along the coastline. Marble or quartz dust blur the waters and affect its transparency and other features like luminous transmittance. It is also harmful for moss, which needs a high amount of light and covers the algae, affecting its growth,” he warned.
Within six days, owners at seven hotels, a privately run beach and three condominiums were ordered by local authorities to remove fake white sands along the coastline. They were also issued fines.
Source: Daily Sabah
1 killed, 3 wounded in Malatya train crash
Two trains carrying goods collided in the eastern Malatya province of Turkey, authorities said Saturday.
One person was killed and three others were injured, according to initial reports.
Turkish disaster agency (AFAD), police and emergency health service units were dispatched to the area.
The injured were taken to hospitals and a research operation was launched to find others who may be trapped under the trains.
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor updates
The Fethiyespor team celebrated another birthday this week.
Happy Birthday to centre-forward Feyzullah Sahin Günes who celebrated his 24th birthday on Friday 12 June.
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Turkish Super Lig back in play after three-month Covid-19 suspension
Turkey’s Super Lig resumed officially on Friday with two games played behind closed doors, after a nearly three-month suspension because of the coronavirus outbreak.
The first game was played in Istanbul between Fenerbahce and Kayserispor at 1800 GMT, and the other in western Turkey between Goztepe and Trabzonspor who are currently at the top of the championship.
There were no supporters in Istanbul around the stadium or in the neighbouring bars, which are usually crowded on match nights.
The Turkish Football Federation announced the championship’s suspension on March 19 as coronavirus spread across the world.
The authorities have imposed a series of measures as games resume including taking the temperature of every individual entering the stadium, substitute players divided between the bench and empty stands, and regularly disinfecting the footballs.
Although the games will be played behind closed doors, the TFF appeared optimistic fans could return in the coming weeks “if the situation improves.”
Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates
The British Pound bought 8.54 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 8.57 TL.
The US Dollar bought 6.81 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 6.77 TL.
The Euro bought 7.66 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 7.64 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.
Source: Living Earth
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