Rain Mapping Radar on Kanghwa to Help Flood-Prone AreasHigh-tech rain mapping radar has been installed on Kanghwa Island and will be in operation for a trial period from July 1. The system will forecast rainfall around areas near the Imgin River, which are frequently damaged by heavy rains.
According to a June 28 Ministry of Construction and Transportation report, the rain mapping radar has a range of about 120-200 kilometers - which includes Pyongyang, Shinchorwon, and Kimhwa near the Imgin River. The radar's findings will be transmitted to the Han River Flood Control Office, who will then give forecasts or warnings when necessary.
The ministry explains that it had had difficulties in the past predicting the amount of rainfall in the area, since two-thirds of it lies in North Korea. The radar will allow residents to better prepare for heavy rains or flooding.
by Lee Jae-hoon
with the Korea JoongAng Daily
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