June 30, 2017 (LBO) – Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has signed a grant agreement with Sri Lanka to establish a Doppler Weather Radar Network in the country.
The agreement was signed between Treasury Secretary R.H. Samaratunga and Chief Representative of JICA Sri Lanka Office Fusato Tanaka on Friday with a view to provide the system to the Department of Meteorology (DOM).
It entails the procurement, installation of C-Band Pulse Compression Solid State Dual Polarization (Polarmetric) Meteorological Doppler Radar System, and technical training worth approximately Japanese Yen 2.5 billion (Rs3.4bn).
“DOM could improve their capacity to accumulate, 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,” noted Tanaka.
“We believe it will contribute Sri Lanka to mitigate serious damage by weather-related disasters.”
In addition to this, JICA has been supporting Disaster Risk Reduction in areas such as financing to landslide mitigation on national road network, technical cooperation to stakeholder agencies, Master Plan on urban drainage in metropolitan area.
In Sri Lanka, floods, landslides which are caused by heavy rain as well as drought are the most frequent disasters in recent decades.
Economic loss and human damage have been increasing because of global climate change, population growth and rapid urban development or settlement in disaster prone area.
To cope with such situations, appropriate weather forecasting and warnings based on real-time rainfall data is considered a key element.