Manila’s own weather forecasting system can predict floods

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The Manila Disaster Risk Reduction Office (MDRRO) has acquired a weather forecasting system that could predict if the city will be flooded.

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Johnny Yu, MDRRO head, said the forecasting satellite, which costs about P30 million, can detect and monitor rain, precipitation, wind, humidity, and even typhoons.

Asked why the city had to buy the device when the country has its weather bureau, Yu said the system is intended to work with the city hall computerized command center where all roads and streets in the city are monitored using closed-circuit televisions.

“We normally monitor Pag-asa (Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration) but we could not validate the information. Validation is important. We have to know 99 percent if it is going to rain. It is hard to be told that there is a 70 percent chance that it is going to rain and then we bring a raincoat but it did not rain at all. We get the same information as Pag-asa but at least we will be able to feed the information rapidly to our residents,” Yu explained.

He said the city prepared for the rainy season by holding conferences with concerned national government agencies, including Manila Electric Company (Meralco) to carry out routine checks on cable wires on streets to avoid electrocution accidents.

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