Welcome to our pick of last week’s news from Fethiye and around Turkey.
Fethiye District Governorship building to receive a brand new look
The Fethiye District Governorship building (Kaymakamlığı) is to be given a brand new look.
Renovation work has started on the building where the Fethiye District Governorship and other official departments are located.
Renovation work will also be carried out on the interior of the building.
The work will ensure the newly renovated building is a reflection of the beauty of Fethiye.
Minister warns of forest fire risk amid heat wave across Turkey
Agriculture and Forestry Minister Bekir Pakdemirli urged citizens living in rural areas to be aware of potential forest fires as numerous wildfires were reported across the country amid a heat wave.
Pakdemirli’s warning came as he spoke about a wildfire that erupted in the western province of Denizli that either destroyed or damaged an estimated 200 hectares (around 490 acres) of forested area.
The fire in Denizli began in the province’s Çardak district on Thursday, and firefighters were still trying to cool off the area after the flames were extinguished. An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the fire. Two other fires also broke out in the central Çorum and northern Sinop provinces.
The minister said weather conditions aggravated fires and complicated extinguishing efforts. “It is so hot and dry, forests are like gunpowder now,” Pakdemirli said. He warned the public to be “more careful” in the next 15 days due to high temperatures. “Do not visit the forests if possible and never set a fire (for camping). The majority of fires originate from human factors,” he said.
Source: Daily Sabah
Death toll rises to 11 in Giresun floods in northern Turkey
Another body was recovered on Friday in the aftermath of devastating floods that hit the northern province of Giresun on August 22, bringing the death toll to 11. The latest victim was a gendarmerie soldier, who was among a group dispatched to the region to help rescue teams. The body was found at a creek near the site of the disaster. The soldier was among four killed when their vehicle fell into a culvert above raging floodwaters. Search and rescue operations are still underway for four others missing.
Some 157 people were rescued from imminent death and 12 among them were injured when unprecedented floods hit Giresun’s Dereli and nearby districts. The disaster destroyed 17 buildings and damaged hundreds of others.
Work is underway to rebuild the town as authorities pledge to reshape it to prevent future disasters.
The Ministry of Environment and Urban Development is overseeing the work and Minister Murat Kurum said they would “build a new Dereli” with “an exemplary transformation project,” during a visit to the town on Tuesday. All buildings, from houses to shops, constructed below the stream level in the town whose name literally means “(a place) with a stream” in Turkish, will be removed.
Volunteers and the army helped businesses and houses in Dereli in cleaning up the debris. Most workplaces were cleaned and repaired within a few days. Heavily damaged buildings will be demolished and temporary, prefabricated shops will be installed in the town before they are reconstructed. Kurum said they expected to wrap up the reconstruction of shops, residences, and schools, as well as local governorate and police buildings within a year.
At least 17 buildings have been destroyed and 361 more structures slightly were damaged in the flood. Around TL 9 million ($1.23 million) has been authorized initially for recovery and rehabilitation of the region. The local municipality and the state-run housing authority have started reparation work for some 200 businesses in the disaster area.
Turkey’s south records hottest September in history
Several of Turkey’s southern provinces saw the hottest September in history, according to the country’s meteorological department.
Adana registered 45.1 degrees Celsius (113.1 degrees Fahrenheit) which is the highest temperature recorded in the province. the previous hottest September, when temperatures reached 43.2 degrees Celsius (109.7 degrees Fahrenheit), was in 1994 the Turkish State Meteorological Service said.
The temperature in other southern provinces – Osmaniye 45.3 C (113.5 F), Mersin 41.5 C (106.7 F) and Hatay 42.6 C (108.6 F) – broke previous records from 1994, 1946 and 1994, respectively.
Due to the high humidity and temperature, people preferred to stay at homes.
Scientific predictions say that from now on, “cool years” will be defined as an exception rather than “hotter years,” which means the warming trend will continue to worsen.
Source: Hürriyet Daily News
Paw patrol: Turkey’s first canine lifeguard is ready to save lives
A Belgian Malinois dog named Fox has started working as a lifeguard at Antalya’s Konyaalti Beach this week, becoming Turkey’s first canine lifeguard.
In addition to human lifeguards, a 17-month old Belgian Malinois dog called Fox started work as a canine lifeguard in Antalya, in southern Turkey, on the Mediterranean coast.
Antalya’s Konyaalti beach now has a canine lifeguard at station seven, along with his trainer. Fox will be utilised in quick intervention in drowning cases.
Fox has been with his trainer since he was 2.5 months old. Ahmet Godeler is a lifeguard trainer certified by the Turkish Underwater Sports Federation (TSSF) as well as a canine trainer certified by International Canine Breeds and Cynology Federation (UKIFED).
Godeler says that Fox began lifeguard training when he was six months old, and had undergone 11 months of training in total.
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor updates
Fixtures for first half of 2020-2021 season
Fethiyespor will compete in the TFF 3rd League 2nd Group in the 2020-2021 Season. The opening match of the season will be at home against Nazilli Belediyespor on 20 September.
Friendly matches at Afyon camp
The Fethisyespor team is now at season preparatory camp in Afyonkarahisar where they will play three friendly matches against Kemerspor on September 5, Erbaaspor on September 8, and Çarsambaspor on September 11.
Fethiyespor drew their pre-season friendly against Kemerspor on Saturday. The final score was 1-1.
Loan agreements for Fethiyespor
Fethiyespor signed loan agreements for two players this week.
Fethiyespor signed a loan agreement with Ilksen Kuttekin, a young goalkeeper born in 1999, who played in Gençlerbirliği, one of the Super League teams. Ilksen spent the last season on loan in 2nd league team, Hacettepe.
The club also signed a loan agreement with Kutay Yokuşlu, born in 1999, who played in Altay, one of the 1st League teams.
Under a loan agreement, a player is allowed to temporarily play for a club other than the one with whom the player is currently under contract.
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Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates
The British Pound bought 9.87 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 9.79 TL.
The US Dollar bought 7.43 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 7.33 TL.
The Euro bought 8.80 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 8.73 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.
Source: Living Earth
Today’s featured image: “Sunset over Ucarı Göleti, Acıpayam” by Lyn Ward