A meteorological radar station to survey weather conditions will be installed in Kyaukphyu township in Rakhine state, according to the state government.
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has offered its help to the Rakhine state government establish a meteorological radar station to be completed before the next monsoon starts, said U Win Myaing, spokesperson of the state government.
Construction of a three-storey building, which will house the radar station has commenced on a seaside hill near Min Pyin village in Kyaukphyu township.
“The meteorological radar system will be the first of its kind in Myanmar. Additional radar systems will also be fully established in Yangon and Mandalay in 2015-16. More accurate and detailed weather information could be accessed after the radar systems become operational,” said U Win Myaing.
The new radar systems will provide more weather information and enable better calculations on weather conditions such as the emergence and location of thunderstorms or the chance of rain.
With the new systems, weather forecast will be “80 percent more accurate,” he said.
In addition to radar stations, JICA will help to install 30 automatic weather survey machines in 2015, according to the Meteorological Department.