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Ministry to build $7 million radar station in Kampong Thom

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Photo taken on Sept. 4, 2018 shows part of the main ground station building of Bangladesh's "Bangabandhu Satellite-1" at Telipara in Gazipur on the outskirts of capital Dhaka. (Xinhua)

The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology will build a $7 million radar station in Kampong Thom province next year, to monitor and analyse natural phenomena and forecast the weather more quickly and accurately.

Ministry spokesman Chan Youttha said in a press conference held at the Council of Ministers yesterday Cambodia currently only has the Radar Station Techo Sen in Phnom Penh, which has a satellite to monitor clouds and some natural phenomenon. It has 59 automatic ground weather stations in the provinces to collect data to analyse for weather forecasts.

He said in addition to Radar Station Techo Sen in Phnom Penh, the ministry in cooperation with the Asian Development Bank, will build the radar station in Kampong Thom province to strengthen meteorological work and monitor weather developments on time, especially to alert people more quickly if any natural disaster occurs.

“The radar station in Phnom Penh can cover almost the whole country, but if we install a new radar station in Kampong Thom province, which is the center point of our country, we will be able to completely cover the country. So, this second radar station will be in operation soon,” Mr Youttha said.

He said the ministry also plans to continue installing at least one automatic ground weather station in every district and city throughout the country to make data collection and analysis more detailed to be able to better provide information to the relevant ministries, institutions and citizens.

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