Every year, more than 5.000 fishermen lose their lives on Lake Victoria. This is mainly due to sudden, extreme changes in the weather, for which the local fishermen are not prepared. As the use of mobile phone technology is increasing heavily across Africa, WMO has teamed up with mobile technology company Ericsson, Uganda Department of Meteorology, National Lake Rescue Institute, a Ugandan NGO, and mobile phone provider MTN to provide early warnings by text messaging to those fishermen.

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