On 2 March 2022, the Ambassador KAWAGUCHI visited the radar site at Trou aux Cerf in company with the Vice-Prime Minister, Minister of Local Government, Disaster and Risk Management of Mauritius, Dr the Hon Muhammad HUSNOO, Mauritius Meteorological Services (MMS) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) project team.
After the construction of the Radar site, JICA has been implementing “Project for Enhancing Meteorological Observation, Weather Forecasting and Warning Capabilities”.
Mr Hattori and Mr Kitani, the JICA experts, told that it has been two years since JICA project team visited Mauritius due to COVID-19 pandemic.
According to them, their missions of this time to Mauritius are; to apply the data received from the radar to other facilities such as private sectors so that people can access weather information more easily; and to provide technical assistance to maximize the use of the Doppler radar at Trou aux Celf to as well as to build the capacity of MMS.
It is recalled that the Government of Japan provided the grant assistance to Mauritius, amounts to 1.34 billion Japanese yen (approx. Rs. 437 million) to construct the radar site, to enhance its capacity to cope with meteorological disasters such as cyclone and reduce its risk in Mauritius.
Through this project, MMS improved their capability to predict, more accurate, air volume, wind velocity, rain precipitation, movement of cloud in the event of cyclone and heavy rain. The data whereby allows MMS to provide accurate and instantaneous weather information to people in Mauritius to protect themselves against natural disaster.