Ja­pan to pro­vide more weather fore­cast train­ing

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THE Ja­pan In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion Agency (JICA) will pro­vide tech­ni­cal train­ing in weather fore­cast­ing to the De­part­ment of Me­te­o­rol­ogy and Hy­drol­ogy (DMH).

JICA had do­nated 30 au­to­matic weather fore­cast sta­tions and three radars with built-in train­ing pro­grammes, but the train­ing has so far been in­suf­fi­cient so more is planned, said U Kyaw Moe Oo, DMH direc­tor gen­eral.

“To im­prove our weather fore­cast­ing, Ja­pan will pro­vide more tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance,” he said at the sign­ing of an agree­ment by the two agen­cies last Wed­nes­day.

Ja­pa­nese ex­perts will pro­vide train­ing in Nay Pyi Taw, Yan­gon, Man­dalay and Kyauk­phyu, where the weather sta­tions are in­stalled.

Main­te­nance train­ing for Myan­mar engi­neers, mon­i­tor­ing de­vices, and pro­grammes to help the pub­lic un­der­stand the fore­casts are part of the agree­ment.

Myan­mar is be­hind in many ways com­pared to other coun­tries, so im­prove­ments are needed to quickly share fore­casts with the pub­lic, U Kyaw Moe Oo said.

Only with suc­cess­ful weather fore­casts can the agri­cul­tural sec­tor de­velop, so the de­part­ment is try­ing hard to pro­vide fast, ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion, he said.

“With these de­vices, our weather fore­casts will be more ac­cu­rate, and we will be able to use them to man­age wa­ter re­sources, en­ergy and in­dus­try as well,” he said.

Af­ter Cy­clone Nar­gis bat­tered the coun­try in 2008, Myan­mar be­gan re­ceiv­ing in­ter­na­tional aid to im­prove its weather fore­cast­ing sys­tem.

Photo:Aung Khant

A weather mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem and wa­ter level sen­sor at Thi­lawa Spe­cial Eco­nomic Zone, Yan­gon Re­gion.

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