Every town in Myanmar is to have its own weather forecasts, says the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology.

With help from the Norwegian government, the department will implement the three-year project starting this year.

“We currently support weather forecasting for regions and states. Extending our service to every town will help farmers, livestock breeders and the health-care service,” said department deputy director U Chit Kyaw said last week.

“We’re now testing software systems. Then we will train staffs how to use the software,” he said.

Meanwhile, weather radars will be set up in Kyaukpyu in Rakhine State, Mandalay and Yangon with assistance from the Japan International Cooperation Agency, a move that will also help disaster risk reduction.

“The radars show the weather within a 250-mile radius, which will not only enable us to trace storms, but also to provide bad weather warnings for transportation services,” he said.

Source: Myanmar Times | 21 February 2013
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