Philippines to acquire Doppler radar to monitor typhoons

15:26, October 30, 2009      

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The Philippines, which battles averagely 20 typhoons and storms a year, is upgrading its outdated meteorological radars with a multi-million-dollar grant from Japan ,the government said Friday.

The grant, valued 3.35 billion Japanese yen (24.6 million U.S. dollars), was formally handed to the Philippine government on Friday and will be used to replace three outdated radars with Doppler (S-band) radar systems in the country's northern and eastern coasts, said a statement from the Department of Foreign Affairs.

The Philippines is reeling from the devastation of two back-to-back storms that dumped epic rainfalls to the northern and central Luzon region since Sept. 26. Nearly 1,000 people were killed in the widespread flooding and landslides while 9 million people were affected. Hundred of thousands of homeless residents remain in government-run temporary shelters.

Mirinae, a category-2 typhoon with maximum sustained winds of 150 kph near the center, is bearing down on the floods-ravaged archipelago and is expected to make landfall on the country's east coast late Friday night.

Source: Xinhua
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