Japan announced 1.95 billion Yen for replacing Karachi Weather Radar

pakjapan-weatherThe Japan Government has announced a grant of 1.95 Billion Yen to replace the weather surveillance radar in Karachi. According to media reports, Hiroshi Inomata, Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan and Muhammad Saleem Sethi, Secretary of Economic Affairs Division (EAD), have signed an agreement.

The Karachi radar system has played an important role in monitoring meteorological phenomenon in the southern area and tropical cyclones formed over the Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal. However, over the passage of time and despite maintenance, the radars are losing their effectiveness, both sides noted.

It was decided to replace the current analogue system with the digital Doppler mode radar. The new equipment will be processing information in the 450km radius for consumption of the Pakistan Meteorological Department.

This will help the Met office monitor the development of severe weather systems to prepare more accurate and timely weather forecast in coastal areas of Sindh and Balochistan. Japan has already assisted Pakistan in installing radar systems at Islamabad, Karachi, Dera Ismail Khan and Rahimyar Khan out of seven meteorological radar systems under its grant-aid programme.

The project is the first priority of the National Multi Hazard Early Warning System Plan which was part of the National Disaster Management Plan formulated through Japan’s assistance in 2012.

A grant agreement on the details of implementation of the project was also signed between Mitsuyoshi Kawasaki, Chief Representative of JICA and Syed Mujtaba Hussain, Joint Secretary of EAD.

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