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Afghanistan Meteorology Authority revives after 42 years

Afghanistan Meteorology Authority revives after 42 years

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Nov 11, 2018 - 19:05

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Afghanistaninfo-icon Meteorology Authority (AMA) has been rehabilitated after 42 years and enabled to forecast weather and weather alerts from different parts of the country.

This center was created for the first time in Afghanistan’s Civil Aviation Authority (ACAA) in 1976, but all its infrastructures were destroyed in the decades of war.

However, work on the authority’s revival was started three years ago and formally inaugurated for use on Sunday.

The center is equipped with new stations and other essential tools and is connected to satellites for providing real time information about weather in each 15 minutes from different parts of Afghanistan.

Mahmod Shah Habibi, head of ACAA, during the Met office inauguration, said that the center was reactivated with a financial cost of 4.5 million USD donated by the Worldinfo-icon Bank and USAIDinfo-icon.

He said the AMA was important for weather forecasts, atmospheric conditions and prior information about natural disasters in the country.

A number of ACAA workers have received training of working in weather forecast area and they can manage this center properly, Habibi said.

“In the past, there wasn’t an organized strategy in the meteorology area and every department was using individual software, but reactivation of this center would create coordination among departments in terms of weather condition and they can make decisions based on our information,” he said.

Nasir Ahmad Durani, agricultureinfo-icon minister, termed the AMA an important organ and said, “In the past the government would spend millions of afghanis on natural disasters but still failed to control the disasters and the money it spent was not helpful, but this center can help us have a defined plan based on forecasts.”

He said programs for managing  snowfalls, rainfalls, floods and drought as well as forecasts for agriculture programs would be created with the help of the center.

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