The government has approved a VND1.3-trillion (US$68.2 million) project to improve Vietnam's hydrometeorology observation network and forecast technology by 2012.
The project will, inter alia, set up 25 automated hydrometeorology stations in the north, four radar stations in the central region and and 412 automated rainfall measuring stations across the country among others.
A 20,200-square-meter operation center is also part of the project.
Vietnam now has 170 manual surface meteorological stations that collect data like air temperature and relative humidity, five radar stations and five air-sensing stations, the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting reported at a meeting last year.
Meanwhile, other countries in the Southeast Asian region like Malaysia have up to 369 surface meteorological stations partly or fully automated, ten air sensing and eight radar stations, according to the center.
Outdated technology and infrastructure, combined with a shortage of experienced staff are preventing the country from developing adequate forecasting abilities, experts have said.