SOLOMON ISLANDS ADDS SATELLITE-BASED WEATHER INFORMATION SYSTEM

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (January 15, 1999 - PACNEWS/SIBC)---The Solomon Islands Meteorological Services and the National Disaster Management Office will now be able to access weather information even if normal telecommunication systems are destroyed by natural disasters.

This results from the installation of additional weather data collection equipment at both the Meteorological Services Headquarters and the National Disaster Council office in Honiara.

The Emergency Manager's Weather Information Network (EMWIN) system receives weather information from Washington, D.C. in the United States, via a satellite hovering above Tahiti.

Acting Director of Meteorological Services, Chanel Iroi, said the installation of the equipment means the country can still receive weather information when normal telecommunication systems are destroyed or become non-functional during natural disasters.

The EMWIN system has been provided under the South Pacific Tropical Cyclone Warning Service Upgrade Project funded by the European Development Fund.

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