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Life on Africa's biggest lake

Updated 6:14 AM ET, Thu January 17, 2013
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Lake Victoria is Africa's largest freshwater body. It is shared by three countries -- Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya. CNN
Hundreds of thousands of people, mainly fishermen, depend on Lake Victoria for their livelihood. TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images
The massive lake, which stretches some 70,000 square kilometers, is home to more than 80 islands, where fishing is the biggest industry. CNN
But fishermen are often at risk because the lake's erratic weather conditions cause frequent accidents. TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images
According to officials, some 5,000 lives are taken by the lake each year. TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images
The high death toll has prompted officials to implement a mobile phone service aiming to improve the delivery of weather forecasts and help vulnerable fishermen protect themselves from dangerous conditions. CNN