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Japan Gives $40m to Myanmar for Establishing Radar System

The Japanese government has granted a financial aid of $40 million to help Myanmar establish three weather radars and 30 automatic weather observation stations to strengthen the early warning system, a minister said.

The four-year project will be implemented between 2014 and 2017, Myanmar Transport Minister U Nyan Tun Aung told a hydromet observation and information system modernisation project preparation workshop in Nay Pyi Taw.

U Nyan Tun Aung said that besides Japan, the World Bank is also supporting Myanmar by taking the initiative to equip the hydromet centre with advanced equipment and technology worth $35 million.

The workshop also discussed proposed Ayeyawaddy integrated river basin management project.

Previously, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) helped Myanmar install radar systems in Yangon, Mandalay and Kyaukphyu to upgrade its weather forecast system.

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