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Astrologers to watch stars to predict disasters

Astrologers in Myanmar say weather forecast using science is accurate to predict when a quake will occur, but only astrology can tell where it will be.

india Updated: May 09, 2006 13:56 IST

Myanmar astrologers are hoping that by observing the stars and planets, they will be able to forecast storms and earthquakes, a newspaper reported.

A group of local astrologers is comparing their 2006 storm predictions with data from the meteorology department. If they are proven to be true, the astrologers plan to include storm forecasts in the annual astrological calendars for 2007 and 2008, Than Htay, vice president of the Myanmar Astrology Research Bureau, was quoted as saying in the Myanmar Times.

"It is important work for us because it will help keep people away from natural disasters and will prove the accuracy of astrological predictions," Than Htay said in the report. The research bureau _ the only astrological organization recognized by the government _ is studying the position of stars, moon and planets in areas hit by storms and earthquakes in the past, and will apply the same patterns to predict the weather. If the astrologers' 2007 quake predictions are proven to be correct, earthquake predictions will be included in the 2008 and 2009 calendars, Than Htay said.

Than Htay said weather forecast using modern science is accurate to predict when a quake will occur, but only astrology can predict where it will be.

Tun Lwin, associate director general of the meteorology department, said his staff "will not get involved because we are using science. They research in their own traditional ways," the Myanmar Times reported.

Many people in Myanmar are superstitious and seek advice from fortune tellers and astrologers.

First Published: May 07, 2006 18:13 IST