No coronavirus has been reported in Mada, Turkey’s only lake island on Lake Beishehir. Residents of the island, home to about 200 people, said: “We will live on cool plateaus for five months and it is difficult for the virus to come here because we will never see anyone again.”
No coronavirus has yet been detected on Mada Island, home to about 200 people.
Mada Island, the largest of the 32 islands of various sizes in Lake Beyşehir, is home to about 40 people in 200 families.
Transportation to Mada Island in the Sharkikaraagach district, the only lake island in Turkey, is provided by boats to almost every family.
Those who want to go or want to go to the island in a 1-kilometer boat, or use motor boats.
Cars, on the other hand, park in a flat area next to a fisherman’s shelter on the shores of the lake.
Nesting, which has lived on the island for about 200 years, provides livelihood by fishing and livestock.
For this reason, families with very little arable land are trying to reduce costs by grazing their animals until the end of October by moving their animals to the Chetir plateau, west of the village of Gedikli, with the advent of spring.
The milk from the animals is delivered to the milk collection center in the village every morning and evening by agricultural means called ‘patpat’.
The migration of Mada Island residents from the island to the Gedikli village plateau began this year.
During the migration, which lasted from the first light of morning until the end of the day, the landing animals and their owners made their way to the cool plateaus about 10 kilometers away.
DID NOT SEE THE CORONA VIRUS
The Covid-19 virus, which affects the whole world, has never been found in about 200 people living on the island of Mada. “Thank God we have lived with them, we have never encountered such an event. We will live on cool plateaus for five months and it is difficult for the virus to come here because we will not see anyone again,” said the islanders, who said no one in the village had the virus.
‘We moved, it was very difficult’
Hassan Hussein Yavuz, one of the island’s nomads, said: “In the past, animals were transported by tying 3-4 boats. In a few swings, the animal could fall into the water and perish. There is no risk, but it would be great if there was a bridge anyway, “he said.
‘LIFE IS DIFFICULT, BEAUTIFUL’
Hülya Yılmaz, who looks after about 30 head of cattle, said, “Every year in early May, we take our animals to the pasture and live there. I have 30-40 animals in my house and I look after them.” The schools were open, we would take them to the village by boat every morning, and then we would return to the island at night. One of my children is studying at university, my daughter is now a high school student. Life is hard, but beautiful. We manage.
Another animal breeder living on the island, Turgut Cuvali, said there were about 600-700 head of cattle on the island. “The plateau will be released in early May each year and we will move to the plateau. We will graze our animals. The plateau for about five months.”