Japan gives weather radar to strengthen disaster warning in Sri Lanka

ECONOMYNEXT – The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is to set up a Doppler Weather Radar Network in Sri Lanka to strengthen the island’s real-time rainfall forecasting and contribute to early earning of natural disasters.

JICA Friday signed an agreement with the finance ministry to provide the system on a grant basis worth about 2.5 billion Japanese Yen (about Rs. 3.4 billion), a statement said.

It will buy and install a C-Band Pulse Compression Solid State Dual Polarization (Polarmetric) Meteorological Doppler Radar System and technical training for the Department of Meteorology of the Ministry of Disaster Management.

The system, with two radars in north-western Puttalam and south-eastern Pottuvil, supports the Sri Lankan government’s effort to strengthen capability for real-time rainfall monitoring and thereby contributing to mitigation of damage by weather-related disasters, JICA said.

“In Sri Lanka, floods and landslides which are caused by heavy rain, as well droughts, are the most frequent disasters in recent decades,” the statement said.
“Especially, economic loss and human damage have been increasing because of global climate change, population growth and rapid urban development or settlement in disaster prone areas.

”To cope with such situation, appropriate weather forecasting and warning based on real-time rainfall data is one of the key,” JICA said.

“Through this Grant Aid Project, DOM could improve their capacity to accumulate and analyze weather forecasting information such as rainfall, speed and direction of wind throughout the country as well as disseminating early warning based on those data,” said Fusato Tanaka, Chief Representative of JICA Sri Lanka Office.

“We believe it will help Sri Lanka to mitigate serious damage by weather-related disasters.”

JICA has also been supporting Disaster Risk Reduction areas such as financing for landslide mitigation on the national road network, technical cooperation to stakeholder agencies, and the Master Plan on urban drainage in metropolitan areas.
(COLOMBO, June 30, 2017)





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