Interior Ministry: PKK might exchange substantial amount of dollars for food storage ahead of winter
Turkish Interior Ministry has sent a circular to 32 governors' offices warning them that PKK militants might be preparing to exchange a substantial amount of foreign currencies with Turkish liras to buy food and survival supplies for storage as part of their winter preparation plans.
Two reservoirs in the northwestern province of Kırklareli that are integral in meeting Istanbul's water demands have dropped to under 10 percent of their capacity as of last month. The Kazandere and Papuçdere reservoirs provide Istanbul with 15-20 percent of its water supply, and have been depleted following a dry winter.
Thousands of people have been displaced from their homes after Elazığ's 6.8 earthquake on Jan. 24 and are now forced to live in tents pitched on snowy ground. "We were saved, but our lives remain under that wreckage," said one Elazığ resident living in a tent who wished to remain anonymous. "At this point I don't know what we will do. There is nothing left."
A total of 12 flamingos were found frozen to death in Ivriz Reservoir in the Halkapınar district of the central Anatolian town of Konya. Mayor Mehmet Bakkal said that around 300 flamingos take refuge in the reservoir due to the cold weather, and that the Agriculture and Forestry Ministry will determine an official cause of death for the 12 that seem to have succumbed to the cold.
Turkey's winter festival season kicked off with Ayder Snow Festival, aka the Snowmen Festival. Held in the Black Sea region, the festival was initially a snowmen making competition. Also in the Black Sea region there will be Petran Snow Festival where locals break out their ancestors' makeshift snowboards to "Petranboard."