Khyber: On Tuesday, the first-ever Automatic Weather Station (AWS) was inaugurated in Landi Kotal, the Khyber tribal district’s district headquarters. Riaz Khan, Director General of the Pakistan Meteorological Department, inaugurated the station at the Landi Kotal deputy commissioner’s office compound.

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Mr Riaz said the AWS was opened as part of the Fata Water Resource Development Project (FWRDP), which is a cooperative venture between the Asian Development Bank and the Pakistani government. With a total cost of Rs24 million, he added another AWS would be built in Tirah valley, as well as two each in Bajaur and Mohmand districts.

The primary goal of creating these stations in the amalgamated districts, according to the Met Department’s DG, was to provide timely information on rainfall, storms, and other natural disasters.

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“It will aid in the timely prediction of winter and monsoon rains, as well as flash floods, allowing local governments to take preventive measures,” he added.

He added that the FWRPD sought to expand irrigation sectors in Mohmand, Bajaur, and Khyber by building minor dams, weirs, watershed management, and better on-farm management. Separately, unidentified gunmen assassinated a Frontier Corps soldier in Bara on Tuesday over a land dispute.

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