Welcome to our pick of the news from Fethiye and around Turkey.
Curated from various news sources.
Work on new marketplace/GES project nears completion
Work on the planned closed marketplace being built on the site of the current Saturday marketplace in the Pazaryeri district is nearing completion.
The new marketplace will cover an area of 3418.25 m² and is costing 6 million TL.
The new marketplace will be covered and a solar power based electricity generation facility (GES) installed. This will ensure a power supply at all times with the area illuminated 24/7 with linear high ceiling lighting. A new drainage line and new flooring will complete the new market.
Sources: Fethiye Belediyesi/Gerçek Fethiye
Muğla Governor identifies areas for improvement in Fethiye District
During a visit to Fethiye this week, Muğla Governor Orhan Tavlı identified a number of sites where restoration work should be completed in readiness for the tourism season.
Fethiye Governor Eyüp Fırat, Muğla Provincial Director of Culture and Tourism Dr. Zekeriya Bingöl and Advisory Office Officer Saffet Dündar accompanied the Governor on his inspections and discussed the work to be completed, as follows:
Gemiler Island, also known as St. Nicholas Island, will be landscaped and the visitor center will provide an improved level of information for visitors.
Kayaköy is one of the most important ancient cities of Fethiye and the most visited area. It was agreed that landscaping of Upper and Lower churches will be included in the project within the scope of the restoration work.
Fethiye Castle: historical artefacts found in Fethiye Castle and its surroundings will be included in cultural tourism and a survey of restitution and restoration (including cleaning and environment) projects will be prepared. The project will include the cistern and Amintas Rock Tombs.
The Governor then took a trip on the Coast Guard boat and inspected the coastal areas including Gemiler Beach, Darboğaz, Karacaören Bay, Butterfly Valley and Blue Cave, Kıdrak, Belcekız Beach and Kumburnu Nature Park and saw the final preparations being carried out before the tourism season.
Referring to the importance of cultural tourism for Muğla, Governor Orhan Tavlı stated that the excavations and restoration work carried out throughout Muğla have contributed greatly to the cultural tourism of our province.
Adding that Fethiye is an important tourism destination, Governor Orhan Tavlı stated that in addition to its natural beauties, Fethiye bears the traces of many ancient civilizations.
Fire helicopters commence duty in Muğla
The first firefighting helicopters that will work in the Muğla Regional Directorate of Forestry to combat forest fires have started their duty in Marmaris and Milas as the warm weather brings with it an increased risk of forest fires.
The crews of the Russian-made MI-8 and Kamov Ka-32 helicopters consists of 2 pilots, 1 observer pilot, 1 technician and 1 person from OGM (Directorate of Forestry).
In addition to the forest firefighting helicopters, an unmanned aerial vehicle will be deployed in Muğla this year to continuously monitor the forests from the air. The aerial vechle will be deployed at Milas-Bodrum airport in June.
Muğla Regional Director of Forestry Yasin Yaprak pointed out that the risk of forest fires in the region increases with the warming of the weather and said, “Two of the helicopters that make up our air force in combating forest fires started their duty as of May 1st. Within the terms of the agreement made by our General Directorate, 3 more helicopters will come to our region in the coming days and start their duty in Fethiye, Yatağan and Nazilli ”.
2020 ranks second worst for weather disasters in Turkey
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic may be the most extraordinary catastrophe Turkey faced last year but 2020 also had more than its fair share of disasters. Official data by Turkish State Meteorological Services (TSMS) show that it was a year with the highest number of “meteorological disasters” since 1940. A total of 984 weather disasters swept the country, and the most common was heavy rainfall and associated floods with 297 cases, followed by 262 incidences of severe storms.
Climate change is the main culprit in the unprecedented rise. The phenomenon also changes the length and impact of disasters, while previously unseen or rarely seen extreme weather incidents are slowly becoming commonplace.
Turkey had 936 weather-related disasters in 2019, but 2020 proved to be worse. After rainfall, floods and storms, hail storms were the next most reported incident. A total of 223 hail storms were reported. Other weather-related incidents include heavy snowfall, lightning strikes, landslides, as well as forest fires stemming from extremely hot weather.
Disasters were most common in summer, in June in particular. Heavy rainfall and floods, lightning strikes and hail storms were more common in June, while severe storms were prevalent most in February.
TSMS data shows most disasters took place in the Mediterranean province of Antalya. It is followed by Van in the east, Kayseri in central Turkey, Bursa in the northwest and then Mersin, another Mediterranean province.
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor updates
Fethiyespor won the first leg off the play-offs away against Yomraspor on Thursday. The final score was 1-2.
The second leg of the play-offs will take place on Monday 10th May, at home against Yomraspor. The kick-off is at 20:30.
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Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor
No matches were played in the league this week due to the play-off matches in the Euroleague.
Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor will now play their away match against Afyonkarahisar Belediye on Monday, May 10 at 17:00.
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Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates
The British Pound bought 11.52 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 11.45 TL.
The US Dollar bought 8.23 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 8.28 TL.
The Euro bought 10.02 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 09.96 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.
Source: Living Earth
Today’s featured image “Inlice Plajı” by Lyn Ward.