$400k to purchase equipment for weather forecasting centre

$400,000 has been allocated for the purchase of specialised equipment for the Ministry of Disaster Management and Meteorological Services Laucala weather forecasting centre. Picture: SUPPLIED

A TOTAL of $400,000 has been allocated for the purchase of specialised equipment for the Ministry of Disaster Management and Meteorological Services Laucala weather forecasting centre in the 2019-2020 National Budget.

According to the 2019-2020 Budget Kit, the equipment will be used to improve weather forecasting services and bring back services online for continuity of business without any delay in terms of any disaster.

The ministry has been allocated a total budget of $12.8 million, comprising $8.8m for operating expenditure, $3.6m for capital expenditure and VAT of $0.4m.

Funds of $138,000 have also been allocated for the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite System Upgrade which will fund hardware upgrades to improve the monitoring of severe weather such as flash floods, hail storms and hurricanes.

Also under the budget, $1.8m has been set aside for the upgrade and maintenance of evacuation centres, for new centre construction and retrofitting of existing halls .

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