Welcome to our pick of last week’s news from Fethiye and around Türkiye.
Curated from various news sources.
First snow of the season
There was a surprise for local residents when the first snow of the season fell on Akdağ in the Gömbe District of Kaş, Uludağ in Bursa and on Erciyes Mountain in Kayseri.
The snow fell at an altitude of 2700m on Akdağ during the night on Friday and was seen by local shepherd Oğuz Topaloğlu, who took a photograph before the snow melted.
The first snow of the season also fell on Uludağ, one of the main centres of winter tourism.
Locals went to the summit to watch the snowfall, although some were caught out by the temperature which measured below zero.
According to reports, this is the first time locals have seen snow in September. The first snows usually fall in October.
The first snow of the season also fell on the peaks of Erciyes Mountain in Kayseri.
Snow also fell in Erciyes yesterday evening where parts of the mountain higher than 3 thousand meters were covered with a white blanket. The snow thickness reached 8 centimetres in some places. In the districts of Hacılar, Kıranardı and Hisarcik at the foot of the mountain, the temperature dropped to 7 degrees at night.
Source: Cumhuriyet/Expat Guide Turkey
Bodies of 2 crew members who died in helicopter crash sent to Russia
The bodies of two Russian crew members who came to support the forest fire in Muğla’s Marmaris district and lost their lives in a helicopter crash in Denizli’s Çardak district were transferred to Antalya.
The bodies, which were received by a consulate official after identification, were transferred to Antalya by private vehicle, from where they were flown home to Russia.
Russian flight engineer Aleksandr Iakovlev and flight technician Alexey Volkov lost their lives in a fire helicopter that crashed near Çardak district on Thursday, Turkish national technical personnel Ömer Kaan Çakır and Kenan Erdem, Russian citizens captain pilot İlya İvesenkho, flight technician Georgii Onvnvchin and co-pilot Egor Turkov were injured.
Suspect detained in connection with the Marmaris forest fire under house arrest
An 85-year-old man, who was detained in connection with the fire that broke out in the forest area in the Yalancıboğaz district of Muğla’s Marmaris on Thursday, was put under house arrest.
85-year-old MY was detained as a result of the findings of the investigation carried out by the Gendarmerie Command and referred to the Marmaris court.
The suspect was put under house arrest due to his age and the injuries sustained while trying to extinguish the fire.
During the investigation, carried out under the coordination of the Marmaris Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office to determine the cause of the fire, the gendarmerie teams discovered embers in front of the beehives that were determined to belong to MY.
The fire destroyed 500 hectares of forest area.
Road accidents kill nearly 1,500 in eight months
According to numbers provided by the police, road accidents in the first eight months of this year have led to nearly 1,500 deaths.
A total of 313,618 accidents occurred on the country’s roads from January to September, the data showed, with 1,469 people killed in those accidents and over 188,000 injured.
According to statistics, 1,216 of the accidents led to deaths, 125,704 involved injuries, and no injuries or deaths were reported in 186,698 accidents.
The number of fatal accidents stood at 1,216 in the first eight months of 2022.
According to the report, over 127,000 road accidents happened due to drivers’ failure, while another 14,000 occurred due to pedestrians’ fault.
Some 600 accidents occurred because of poor road conditions, while passengers were responsible for over 2,000 accidents. Nearly 3,600 accidents occurred due to vehicle failure.
Of the accidents that resulted in deaths or injuries, nearly 57,000 involved one vehicle, over 63,000 involved two vehicles and slightly over 7,000 involved three or more.
Turkish Central Bank stuns markets again with 100 basis-point rate cut, lira hits new low
Türkiye’s central bank delivered another surprise 100 basis-point rate cut on Thursday, sending the lira tumbling to an all-time low, even as inflation rose above 80% and as central banks globally race in the opposite direction and tighten policy.
Türkiye’s lira touched a record 18.42 versus the dollar, surpassing the level reached during a full-blown currency crisis last December. It edged back to 18.37 by 1223 GMT.
Analysts called the monetary easing unsustainable and driven by President Tayyip Erdoğan’s effort to lower borrowing costs to stoke exports and investment, and they predicted more currency depreciation ahead. read more
Unorthodox rate cuts over the last year, along with rising commodity prices, have sent inflation to a 24-year high and sparked a cost-of-living crisis for Turks. read more
The central bank justified the move by citing continued indications of an economic slowdown, and it repeated that it expected disinflation, or a deceleration in the inflation rate, to set in.
Türkiye’s lira has halved in value in the last year largely due to the policy of cutting rates despite soaring prices.
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor update.
Fethiyespor won their home match against Diyarbekirspor on Wednesday 14th September. The final score was 3-1.
They lost their away match against Karacabey Belediyespor on Sunday 18th September. The final score was 2-1.
The team won their home match against Etimesgut Belediyespor on Sunday 25th September. The final score was 1-0.
Fethiyespor moves upto 10th place on the league table with six matches played.
Saturday 1st October away against Kastramonuspor. The kick-off is at 15:00.
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Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates
The British Pound bought 19.99 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 20.83 TL.
The US Dollar bought 18.41 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 18.25 TL.
The Euro bought 17.84 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 18.28 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.
Source: Living Earth