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Hydro-meteorological Work in DPRK

Korean Central News Agency of DPRK via Korea News Service (KNS)

    Pyongyang, March 23 (KCNA) -- March 23 is the World Meteorology Day. The theme for the year 2006 advanced by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is "Preventing and mitigating natural disasters".
    In an interview with KCNA, Ko Sang Bok, vice-director of the Hydro-Meteorological Service of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, said:
    The DPRK, a member nation of the WMO, has directed great efforts to the hydro-meteorological work for preventing and mitigating natural calamities. Ninety percent of all natural hazards are related to weather, climate and water. The bureau, therefore, is doing in a responsible way the work of collecting, analyzing and disposing in time correct and scientific weather forecast and climatological information in the overall areas of the country.
    Weather, hydrological and oceanographic observatories, public weather-forecast service system and research institutions have been set up in different parts of the country. And the meteorological science and observation have been put on latest scientific and technological successes. All this ensures the scientific accuracy and rapidity of the weather forecast.
    A well-arranged communication system has been established between the Hydro-Meteorological Service and the weather, hydrological and oceanographic observatories so as to inform climatological data each other. The modernly furnished general weather and meteorological data service system provides needed weather and meteorological materials to the different sectors of the national economy to prevent and mitigate the possible natural calamities. Positive measures have been taken for preventing the damage from yellow sand. A public campaign is being launched to prevent damage by the abnormal weather.

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