Welcome to our pick of the news from Fethiye and around Turkey.
Curated from various news sources.
Death toll from floods in Turkey’s Black Sea region rises to 82
The number of people killed in floods that devastated Turkey’s Black Sea provinces climbed to 82 on Saturday.
Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) announced that 71 people were killed in Kastamonu province, ten in Sinop and one in Bartın. Media outlets reported that the search was underway for at least 30 people who were reported missing by their families.
The August 11 floods were particularly devastating for the Bozkurt district of Kastamonu, Ayancık of Sinop and some villages of Bartın. Hundreds of search and rescue workers are still combing the flood-hit areas for the missing, more than one week after raging floodwaters collapsed buildings, tore apart bridges and roads.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan visited flood-hit areas last week and pledged assistance for the survivors. Erdoğan has said during his visit that the affected provinces were declared “disaster zones,” which means compensation for losses and other assistance to locals will be covered by the state.
“Our country is battling disasters like the rest of the world. We are facing every kind of catastrophe. I hope we will overcome them with minimum damage,” he said, referring to a recent spate of wildfires that raged across the country’s south.
Source: Daily Sabah
South Korean volleyball fans donate 120K saplings to Turkey
While Turkey was struggling with forest fires, tens of thousands of Koreans donated more than 120,000 saplings to Turkey upon the call of the South Korean Volleyball National Team Captain Kim Yeon-koung for sapling donation.
The national volleyball teams of Turkey and South Korea met during the quarterfinals at the Tokyo Olympics 2020, held this year due to the pandemic in August. Kim, who has played in Turkey before, made a call to donate saplings to Turkey on the behalf of the South Korean National Team to regrow trees damaged in the forest fires in Turkey. This call quickly became a hot topic in the country. The Korean sapling donation hashtags rose to the top on Twitter.
Korean nature lovers highlighted the friendship between the two countries with sapling donations, while forest fires were ravaging the country. Koreans invited other nature lovers to join the campaign by sharing the donation certificates sent to them when they donated through their social media accounts. The donations hit 120,000 saplings in one day.
“We will protect the saplings you entrusted to us like our deep-rooted friendship,” a Twitter user said.
Volleyball fans made donations through the Environmental Organizations Solidarity Association’s (ÇEKUD) website.
Source: Daily Sabah
Fethiye Municipality adds 38 new vehicles to its fleet
Feyhiye Municipality officially presented a new fleet of vehicles on Wednesday. Until now, all the vehicles in the municipality’s cleaning works have been rented.
Fethiye Mayor Alim Karaca, who made a statement at the launch of 38 new vehicles, said, “It has been two and a half years since we took office and until today, all the vehicles in our municipality’s cleaning works were rented. As you can see, we are now making them our own property. We have also installed a new tracking system in our vehicles so we know where they are.”
Talking about infrastructure work, environmental awards and the rubbish problem
Emphasizing that there is a serious infrastructure problem in the Fethiye region, Mayor Karaca went on to say, “You know that we are working on the infrastructure problems in Fethiye. We cannot be a tourist city whose electricity is cut off when it rains or when the wind blows. Unfortunately, we are still experiencing this. In many places we go, we are faced with the smell of sewage. You know that there is an infrastructure problem in Ölüdeniz, which is the apple of the eye of tourism in the Ovacık region. When we first took office, we went through the water treatment system in Ölüdeniz. Hotels on Belcekiz beach did not have water connections – we made the water connections to the hotels.
We are dealing with the sewage problem, which is a serious infrastructure problem in the Ovacık-Hisarönü region and have completed eighty per cent of the work in a period of 11-12 months. The remaining twenty per cent will be completed by the end of December. There have been some disruptions. I know this. But I believe you know that these services are for Fethiye, for Fethiye tourism and for the future of Fethiye.”
Projects under construction completed as soon as possible
Stating that the projects that are under construction in the region will be completed as soon as possible, Mayor Karaca said, “We will complete the pavements of Ölüdeniz Caddesi and Baha Şıkman Caddesi in the shortest time possible, lay the second layer of BSK hot asphalt and draw the line-markings. We will complete this neighbourhood in one month.
A first for Fethiye is the establishment of a marketplace with GES which produces its own electricity, where the Saturday market is located. 90 per cent of the work is finished and the remaining work will take 15-20 days, after which the landscaping will be completed and the market opened. As of the end of November, we are renewing the entire infrastructure from the bus station to the new mosque. Sewer lines, asbestos pipes, Telekom, Super online and AYDEM will be renewed and moved underground. We will then start to renew all the infrastructure in Mustafa Kemal Boulevard in front of our state hospital.
As of Monday, we broke new ground in Fethiye, we set up our Emissions facility for the first time and we make our own asphalt and expect it to contribute 15 million to the municipality in 5 years.”
“We have received 2 environmental awards, one for the zero waste project, and the second for an awareness course and environmental education at schools, reaching 4,500 students annually.”
Solving the waste problem with education
Next, the mayor talked about the rubbish problem in Fethiye, saying, “We come together with our friends almost every day in order to eliminate the environment and waste problem. How do we solve it? With our guests exceeding one million during the holiday, 41 neighbourhoods turned into a garbage heap, as you know. There is only one solution friends, not punishment, we have to educate these children, our youth and our people. If we do not teach them, we have no chance to prevent this. The area we cleaned the day before becomes the same again the next day. We will solve these problems together with the awareness of education. In all the activities we do, we invite you, our dear friends and citizens, to walk with us in the campaigns.”
“I would like to express my endless gratitude to all of you, my citizens and members of non-governmental organizations, for their unconditional support throughout this process. I wish our vehicles good luck and good luck to Fethiye.”
55 more recycling collection containers for Fethiye
Fethiye Environmental Protection and Control Directorate, added 55 more containers, 40 small and 15 large, to the 25 recycling waste collection containers already in Fethiye this week.
A total of 80 waste collection containers are now at the disposal of the citizens for disposing of recyclable waste.
The hours at which waste should be disposed of are displayed on top of the recycling containers. The times are aimed at preventing waste from piling up around the containers for long periods of time due to overfilling.
Fethiye Municipality Environmental Protection and Control Manager Selver Hatice Kabak; “We continue to work for a cleaner Fethiye. 55 new waste collection containers were placed at the required points. I would like to thank all my teammates, especially our Fethiye Mayor Alim Karaca, who contributed to this issue. We will continue to work for a blue-green Fethiye”.
Fethiye Mayor Alim Karaca said, “We come together with colleagues almost every day to produce projects to eliminate waste problems. We have placed 80 recycling containers in various neighbourhoods of our district. However, in order to completely solve this problem, we must better instil environmental awareness in our children and future generations. I would like to ask citizens to leave their household waste in garbage containers and other recyclable wastes at packaging waste points. Let’s protect our Beşkaza together.”
Leatherback turtle seen for the first time on the shores of Muğla
A leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) was spotted off the coast of Göcek, Sarsala on Saturday. It is the first time a leatherback has been seen off the Turkish coast.
Leatherback sea turtles are one of the largest reptiles in the world and can reach two meters in length and 600 kilograms in weight.
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor updates
“They are one of us”
Fethiyespor thanked their foreign fans located in Fethiye, who visited the Fethiyespor club and supported the club by buying season tickets (combined cards). The combined cards for the 2021-2022 season can be purchased from the Fethiyespor Club Building, Chic Kundura, and Barbunn Bistro.
Fethiyespor played two more pre-season matches this week.
Fethiyespor signed a contract with striker Serhan Yılmaz who played for Çarsambaspor last season.
Daily training continues under the management of coach Selahaddin Dinçel.
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Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates
The British Pound bought 11.57 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 11.81 TL.
The US Dollar bought 8.49 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 8.52 TL.
The Euro bought 9.93 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 10.05 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.
Source: Living Earth
Today’s featured image “Hisarönü, Marmaris” by Lyn Ward.