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Mauritius: The Doppler Weather forecaster radar will not be delivered this month




The Japanese government has been forced to postpone the delivery the Doppler weather forecaster radar of S-Band scheduled for this month to the Mauritian authorities.
 
The Japanese authorities have realized that this advanced technological equipment cost more than 400 million rupees * which were initially invested in its construction.
 
For now, the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) maintains that the agreement between the two countries is not being questioned and "that it does everything possible to accelerate the implementation of the project."
 
As a reminder, Japan had decided to finance the weather radar in June 2013 with a facility on the site of the former Radar Weather Trou aux Cerfs, broken since 2002.
 
The deadly floods on Saturday, March 30, 2013 and have made 11 victims in Port-Louis, had particularly emphasized the necessity of a Weather forecaster radar to prevent the risk of localized heavy rains in Mauritius.
 
A sophisticated weather radar, which can calculate the volume of water in a cloud mass had been sorely lacking in forecasting meteorological services in the Vacoas station for the day Saturday, March 30, 2013 in Mauritius.
 
No special Bulletin of "vigilance heavy rains" had been issued on the day of the tragedy. Mauritians Meteorologists are currently based on European satellite images to predict the weather to come to Mauritius.
 
* One euro roughly equivalent to 38 rupees



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