Only One Anti-Hail System Currently Operating In Armenia

19:46 16/08/2007

Those from the provinces of Lori and Aragadzotn who sustained damage
from recent hail storms are not included in the current session of the
leaders of the state agency dealing with these issues. The session’s
leader is assistant prime minister Hovik Aprahamyan, who has until now,
as is usual, not attended to the issue.

As reported, on August 14 wind and hail tore roofs off of buildings
and damaged agricultural crop areas.

Similar weather conditions are expected again, on the evenings of
August 17-18.

Agency reports state that only one anti-hail system is operating in
Armenia, in the region of Ashtarak, with plans for the placement
of another in Armavir. The system in Ashtarak protects an area of
12,000 hectares.

"The systems work by radar, detecting weather changes and acting
accordingly," an agency member stated, adding that in the event of
hail in coming days, the anti-hail system would disperse any dangerous
storm clouds.