An automated weather station that will provide valuable data especially to Lake Kariba fishermen has been commissioned at Bumi Hills.

The weather station relays meteorological data in real time and the information is received in Harare and Kariba weather stations.

Information received from the automated weather station is broadcast daily to fishermen who get early warning on possible unfavourable conditions in Lake Kariba.

Mashonaland West meteorological officer Mr Thomas Kusada said the station provides accurate data on weather patterns.

Since the installation of the automated weather station, there has been a marked reduction in the number of fishermen  drowning in Lake Kariba as valuable information on the condition of the lake is now being availed timeously, noted Nyaminyami Rural District Council Ward 3 Councillor, Mr Goodward Siabwanda.

The station was established through funding from the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society at a cost of more than $40 000 as a mitigatory measure against disasters in Lake Kariba where fishermen are often at risk of being swept away by strong currents or waves.