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High tech rainfall gauge to send SMS

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After happened last year about the ondoy. Almost every one wanted to be same when the rain start to fall again. The philippine started to set up a high-grade automatic rain gauge and was set up this Wednesday in Montalban, Rizal for a reliable and upgraded flood forecast system.It's use the natural solar energy by using a solar panel.

Rain gauge in Barangay San Rafael in Montalban is positioned inside the cell site of the Smart Communications, Inc. (SMART) to automatically send rainfall data to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) through SMS (short message service).

The initiative is part of a program of the Philippine Disaster Recovery Foundation (PDRF) to help upgrade the country’s flood forecasting system.

The PDRF, headed by PLDT chairman Manuel Pangilinan, is the private sector arm of the Special National Public Reconstruction Commission created in the wake of the devastation brought about by typhoons “Ondoy”, “Pepeng”, and “Frank”. PAGASA Administrator Dr. Prisco Nilo said that installing a rain gauge in areas where bulk of flood waters come will help the agency monitor rainfall.

"We have set up automatic rainfall stations to improve monitoring of rainfall for timely and reliable warnings,” Nilo said.

The rain gauge, which costs about P500,000, is a grant from the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).

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