Sri Lankan government to spend nearly Rs. 2 billion to modernize Meteorology Department

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Wed, Feb 17, 2016, 11:21 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

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Feb 17, Colombo: The Sri Lankan Government had decided to spend Rs. 1.975 billion to upgrade the facilities at the Department of Meteorology, the Ministry of Disaster Management disclosed.

The government had provided funds for the Meteorology Department to acquire sophisticated high-tech equipment in order to forecast more accurate weather information to the public. The government also plans to provide more human and physical resources to the Department.

The modernization programme is aimed at upgrading the standards of the Department to international levels.

Department of Meteorology is one of the oldest government departments in Sri Lanka having established on 1st October 1948.

Provision of meteorological, climatological and limited astronomical services, provision of early warning services with regard to meteorological hazards and tsunami, and contributing to technical activities on climate change are the major functions of the Department.

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