Gov’t does not deem environmental report necessary for sea-filling project in Rize, known for landslides
The Turkish government ruled that an environmental impact assessment was not necessary for a ground-filling project planned for the Black Sea province of Rize, even though the region is known for floods and landslides. The Rize Municipality estimates that the "People's Garden" project will cost 8.6 million liras ($1.16 million) and will take up 124,500 square-meters of the Black Sea with concrete.
More regulation has traditionally been in conflict with the basic principles of the freedom of speech in Turkey, and if the opposition is lured into supporting this new initiative, they will likely participate in the closure of a big part of the communication space, including its own.
A flood in the eastern province of Erzincan took down multiple power towers and lines. While the governor ordered a cleanup, nearby villages reported power outages.
President Erdoğan once again referred to "destiny" while explaining the death of five people who died in flash floods in the northwestern province of Bursa. Erdoğan had also raised eyebrows six years ago after saying the Soma mine disaster was part of the mining profession's “destiny.”