The Lake Victoria Basin is a social-economic engine of the East Africa region. It is home to approximately 25 per cent of the population, whose lives and livelihoods heavily depend on rain-fed agriculture and fish industries.
But Lake Victoria has also been labelled as the world’s most dangerous lake. On average, 3,000-5,000 deaths occur each year due to navigation accidents caused by strong winds and waves, and for a long time, there were no regional, operational warning systems in place to protect the safety of those exploiting the natural resources of the Lake Victoria basin.
In a new report the World Meteorological Organization – WMO says a successful project in the Lake Victoria Basin has demonstrated how improved weather, water and climate services save lives and livelihoods and support the socio-economic development of vulnerable communities.
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