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Mauritius: The delivery of the new weather radar delayed




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According to a representative of the regional bureau of the Japan International Cooperation Agency installed in Madagascar, the delivery of a weather radar system on March 2015 to the Mauritian authorities following the agreement between Mauritius and Japan signed in June 2013 should experience a delay, as reported by the newspaper L'Express of Mauritius.
 
As a reminder, Japan had decided to finance the weather radar, worth 400 million rupees *, with an installation on the site of the former radar of Trou-aux-Cerfs down since 2002.
 
The deadly flooding of Saturday, March 30, 2013 and which made 11 victims at Port-Louis, had highlighted the need for a weather radar to prevent the risk of torrential rain in Mauritius.
 
A sophisticated weather radar, that can calculate the volume of water contained in a cloud mass, was sorely lacking in the prediction of the meteorological services of Vacoas station, for the day of Saturday, March 30, 2013 in Mauritius.
 
No special bulletin of "vigilance heavy rain" had been issued the day of the tragedy.
 
Mauritian meteorologists currently base on European satellite images to predict coming time on Mauritius.
 
* One euro roughly equivalent to 41 rupees
 
 



Fabrice François


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