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Weather monitoring: Equipment worth Rs. 72m gone with the wind

By Sandun Jayawardana

Sri Lanka has abandoned an initiative to use satellite technology during natural disasters, leaving Rs 72 million worth of equipment unused for four years before finally dismantling it, the Auditor General (AG) has found. The project was initiated in 2011 and given up despite the country facing severe natural disasters in previous years, states the latest report of the AG on the Disaster Management Centre (DMC). The DMC found out that the satellite technology equipment was not compatible with its other systems, only when the full system was installed.

The DMC Director General admitted to the AG that the equipment was bought without first conducting a proper study. The project’s nerve centre was an Information Communication Centre (ICC) established in Padukka under the International Centre for Emergency Techniques based in the Netherlands. Continue reading Weather monitoring: Equipment worth Rs. 72m gone with the wind

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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.

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