Communication & power supply – major challenges

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By LORETTA BRIGIDIA MANELE

THERE are many challenges not just here but also in Taiwan but the two major challenges in Solomon Islands is communication and power supply.

This was stressed by Professor Yue-Gau Chen of National Taiwan University (NTU) when speaking to the media after attending a reception with other members of the NTU delegation, the Taiwanese Central Weather Bureau (CWB) delegation and officials from Ministry of Environment’s Meteorology Department on July 18.

They are currently working together under the signed MOU on Meteorology Cooperation by Taiwan and Solomon Islands in April last for cooperation in meteorology and earthquake prevention.

Speaking of weather stations and challenges faced, he voiced that while there are a lot of challenges both in Taiwan and Solomon Islands, two major challenges they have come across in Solomon Islands are communication and power supply.

In terms of communication, he said translation is the challenge as languages vary given the number of different islands across the country.

Power supply deemed the most challenging with Professor Chen pointing out that sometimes when the power goes out, they can’t work out anything.

Henceforth, he added that those responsible to ensure that the power supply is maintained have an emergent task to perform so that they can keep the system running.

All the more, Professor Chen said that it is all about working together.

Recently, the Central Weather Bureau delegation travelled to Auki where they visited the Met station and the National Disaster Management Office and installed an A900A seismometer while National Taiwan University’s delegation travelled to Savo’s seismic station to review facilities and collect data.

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