Last updateVen, 30 Jan 2015 1pm

Japan to finance construction of meteorological station in Mauritius

Meteorological station in Mauritius - Mauritius and Japan on Tuesday signed an agreement under which Japan will finance the construction of a meteorological station and the installation of a high-power radar, at a cost of US$ 11.3 million, PANA reported from here.

The deal is to improve weather forecast on the Island.

The Japanese Management Division Director Katsuji Myata, and the Mauritian government Office's Secretary, Suresh Seebaluck, signed the agreement.

The Mauritian meteorological station Manager, Mahmad Beebeejaun, declared that the facilities would help the station to improve its weather forecast.

'The radar which will be within the range of 400 km, will be very useful to monitor cyclones and other tropical storms,' he said.

Each year, Mauritius is affected by cyclones and heavy rains between November and March and very often, the meteorological station is criticized by the population and also by some companies for its inappropriate weather forecasts.

Pana 19/02/2014