In his capacity as National Natural Disaster Management Committee Chairman, Vice President U Henry Van Thio inspected the installation of radar and sensors at the observatory at the Kaba Aye weather station in Yangon on 17 September.
The observatory was constructed with the assistance of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
In the assembly hall, Department of Meteorology and Hydrology Deputy Director-General Dr Kyaw Moe Oo briefed the vice president on the installation of radar networks, the dissemination of weather forecasts over FM radios, newspapers and social media, the collaboration with international weather agencies for communication of warnings and watches and future plans.
After hearing the briefings, the vice president pointed out that weather forecasts are critical to the country’s agricultural sector, stressing the need to broadcast weather forecasts and natural hazards at the right time, in the right way, to the right people.
The Department of Meteorology and Hydrology broadcasts weather forecasts and warnings, facts and information about earthquakes and tsunamis, collects data related to the weather, shares the information with international weather agencies and analyses the weather forecasts sent by international weather agencies. With JICA’s assistance, the Kaba Aye weather station will be installed with three radars and 30 automated sensors. The project is expected to be completed in 2017.
The Kyaukphyu weather station in Rakhine State had radar installed in October. The installation of radar at the Kaba Aye weather station will be completed in October this year, while the Mandalay weather station is expected to have radar in May next year.—Myanmar News Agnecy