Meteorological equipment outdated in Vietnam

At a conference of the National Weather Bureau in Hanoi on Wednesday, meteorologists said that the country’s weather reporting equipment and infrastructure was severely lacking and outdated, hindering efficiency in relaying accurate and timely data. 

People seen fleeing flooded areas in Da Nang City last October (Photo: SGGP)

Bui Minh Tang, director of the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Centre, said that Vietnam has only seven observation stations and transmission of data, collected via radars, from these stations to metrological centres is far too slow and often disrupted.

The Hai Phong City observation station does not even transmit data regularly, while the Nha Trang City station only operates when there is a storm.

Tran Hong Ha, deputy minister of Natural Resources and Environment, said that it is necessary to improve and upgrade the entire meteorological equipment and infrastructure to be able to forecast the weather much more accurately and in time.

By Van Phuc Hau – Translated by Hai Mien

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