Nepal installing new radar, weather monitoring equipment to improve air safety

An official says Nepal is improving air transport safety by installing a new radar system and weather monitoring equipment to help prevent accidents during bad weather in the mountainous nation.

Tourism Secretary Sushil Ghimire said Thursday the new radar system is being installed on a mountaintop just south of Katmandu and will cover the entire country.

Nepal currently has only one radar system at Katmandu's airport which has limited range because it is located in a valley.

Many airstrips in the Himalayan nation are in mountain ranges, making flying dangerous during bad weather.

Ghimire said cameras are being installed in those airports which will transmit data and images to Katmandu.