Waters polluted off Turkey’s resort town of Marmaris

The Turkish coastal town of Marmaris has been hit by torrential rain causing the usual crystal blue waters to turn a muddy brown this week, the Diken news website said.

"After deforestation, mud comes with streams and completely flows into the cove due to erosion," said Ahmet Kutengin, the head of a local ecologist association. Sewage also contributed to the pollution, he said.

Following the incident, locals took the streets to protest the pollution, Diken said.

More than 20,000 hectares of protected nature reserve in Marmaris have been opened up to development in 2018, and some 50,000 trees were reportedly cut down for the Turkish president’s new summer residence near the town last year.