June 8, 2018
On 8th June 2018, Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH) of Ministry of Transport and Communications in Myanmar had Handing over ceremony of Mandalay Meteorological Radar, which was constructed under Japan's Grant Aid Assistance. From Myanmar side, His Excellency Union Minister for Ministry of Transport and Communications U Thant Sin Maung and His Excellency Chief Minister for Mandalay Regional Government, Dr. Zaw Mying Maung were attended. From Japan side, His Excellency Ambassador Ichiro Maruyama and Mr. Masayuki Karasawa, Chief Representative of JICA Myanmar office participated in the event.
So far, DMH and Japan has completed installation of Doppler type metrological radars, which can detect not only the movement of the clouds but also winds and various data, in Kyaukphyu in the mid Rakhine state in 2015 and in Yangon in 2016 through the Japanese grant aid "Project for Establishment of Disastrous Weather Monitoring System" , which was signed its grant agreement on 22 March 2013 (Grant aid amount up to 3.842 billion yens). In parallel with the radar construction, the project has steadily developed the preparedness against meteorological disaster such as cyclones as well as climate change by distributing Automatic Weather System (AWS) at 30 selected locations all over the country in 2016.
The construction of Mandalay Meteorological Radar, which is to hand over this time, was completed at the end of 2017, and it is now operational by DMH. Already the radar contributed to track the movement of the first Cyclone towards Myanmar of this rainy season in the end of May 2018. The 2017 floods marked damage in central Myanmar area, namely, Sagaing region, Mandalay region and Magway region, and it is expected to cope for pre-disaster information dissemination for such area.
The meteorological radars provided brought significant amount of data for DMH. Japan and JICA will continuously support DMH in order to enrich the contents and accuracy of weather information by utilizing those data.
Mandalay radar station was constructed in Tada-U Township, Mandalay
Ambassador Ichiro Maruyama hands symbolic key for His Excellency Union Minister for Ministry of Transport and Communications U Thant Sin Maung.
Dr. Kyaw Moe Oo, Director General of DMH answers TV interview in front of the plaque.
Dr. Kyaw Moe Oo, Director General debriefs the project in front of the guests.