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Japan seeds clouds to boost Tokyo rain amid dry spell

Published on Aug 23, 2013 6:22 PM

TOKYO (AFP) - Japanese scientists have fired cloud seeding equipment to help top up reservoirs serving the 35 million people of greater Tokyo, officials said on Friday, amid a sweltering summer dry spell.

Months of below normal rainfall and soaring temperatures have left supplies around 60 per cent of the average for the time of year, sparking calls to economise on water in the heaving Japanese capital.

Using a piece of equipment nearly half a century old, the Bureau of Waterworks sent a plume of silver iodide up through a chimney over an area outside of Tokyo, an official told AFP.

Around 17.5 mm of rain was recorded over the following two hours, the Asahi Shimbun reported.

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