NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s ministry of environment on Monday
benefited from an automated weather forecast device donated by
China as efforts to upgrade meteorological services in the East
African nation gathers steam.
for Environment and Natural Resources, Judi Wakhungu, said at
the handover ceremony of China-aided automatic weather stations
that the device will improve Kenya’s capacity to predict and
report weather patterns on real time basis.
“Today marks another
milestone for meteorological services,” Wakhungu remarked,
adding that four other automatic weather stations donated by
China have boosted modernization of meteorological
infrastructure in Kenya.
to Kenya Liu Xianfa attended the handover ceremony of the
automatic weather station that was installed at the University
of Nairobi’s College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences.
Wakhungu noted the
five automatic weather stations are an upgraded version of their
traditional counterparts and are equipped with sensors capable
of measuring wind speed and direction, humidity, radiation and
“The station can be
deployed even in remote areas and operates round the clock since
it gets power from the sun and has an internal rechargeable
battery that serves as a backup,” said Wakhungu.
She added the five
automatic weather stations donated by China will complement 72
others previously acquired by the Kenyan government to boost
weather forecasting in the country.
On his part, Liu
said donation of the automated weather monitoring device is in
line with Beijing’s goal to strengthen cooperation with Nairobi
in the field of environment.
“The installation of
this set of modern equipment has paved the way for strengthened
partnership between China and Kenya in areas of meteorology,
agriculture and climate change,” said Liu.
He was optimistic
the device will boost weather forecasting and disaster
mitigation in Kenya.
weather stations donated by China have enhanced Kenya’s ability
to collect and transmit weather related data to end users in
critical sectors like agriculture, energy, transport and health.
Samuel Mwangi, a
senior official at Kenya Meteorological Department, said China
aided automatic weather stations have transformed collection and
dissemination of weather information in the country.