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20 May 2017 description

May 18, 2017. Written by: Olivia Akumu and Bram Frouws / RMMS

19 May 2017 description
report Kenya Red Cross

The country has been experiencing increasingly intense rainfall over the last weeks with significant amounts of rainfall currently being witnessed in the Coastal, North Eastern, Central and parts of Western region.

Current estimates indicate that about 26 people have lost their lives and a further 24,803 people have been displaced in 13 counties across the country following heavy rains and flooding.

19 May 2017 description
report Oxfam

As famine takes hold in South Sudan and threatens to spread to northeastern Nigeria, Somalia, and Yemen, world leaders must immediately step up to fully fund the United Nations’ appeal for $6.3 billion. Of this amount, $4.9 billion is urgently needed by July for critical assistance, including health, food, nutrition, and water. If lives are to be saved, humanitarian agencies must be able to rapidly scale up and access people in need.

19 May 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

SITUATION IN NUMBERS

7,400 Children with measles in drought affected areas of Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia (Source: WHO and UNICEF Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia)

3.4 million Children (under five years) at high risk of measles in drought affected areas of Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia (Source: UNICEF Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia)

19 May 2017 description
report Theirworld

Parents and teachers living on the outskirts of Garissa County have appealed for schools and health clinics to be built nearer to their remote communities.

The journey for education is not an easy one - as most parents and teachers can attest to, especially in the northeastern parts of Kenya.

Here, parents and their children have to walk for long distances just to access one of the basic needs of any child, the right to education and quality care.

19 May 2017 description

Highlights

Semi-arid counties. Food security has continued to deteriorate significantly in the semi-arid counties of Kenya, mainly as a consequence of the severe shortfall in agricultural production resulting from the poor rainfall in the 2016 short rains season. This situation is likely to continue as no major harvest is expected in these marginal agricultural regions until February 2018.

19 May 2017 description

Highlights

Since April, the 420,000 refugees in Dadaab, Kakuma and Kalobeyei have been receiving full food assistance. In Dadaab and Kakuma this consists of an in-kind food basket and cash transfer representing 70 percent and 30 percent of their overall food entitlement, respectively. However, the 25,000 refugees in Kalobeyei settlement mainly receive cash transfers to meet their basic food needs.

19 May 2017 description

Highlights

The current drought in Kenya was declared a national disaster by the Government in February. Although rain has now reached some parts of the country, drier-thanaverage conditions continue. Some 2.6 million people in Kenya’s 23 arid and semi-arid counties are continuing to be acutely food insecure.

19 May 2017 description

Highlights

  • Below-average rainfall was received in March and April, but heavy rainfall was recorded in early May.

  • An outbreak of Fall Army Worm may greatly affect maize harvests.

  • A mid-season food security assessment is in progress.

  • The Government and WFP are working to respond to drought, with the Government providing the funding for cash transfers and WFP providing technical assistance.

  • National social protection systems are responding to some of the needs of drought-affected people.

19 May 2017 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

The county government of Lamu will use the Sh 6 million that had earlier been set aside as emergence fund to address current effects of the heavy rains that have been pounding the region for the past five days.

The money is targeted at tackling flooding, displacement of households, waterborne diseases, food decay and shortages amongst other calamities brought about by the rains.

19 May 2017 description
report Theirworld

The journey for education is not an easy one - as most parents and teachers can attest to, especially in the northeastern parts of Kenya.

Here, parents and their children have to walk for long distances just to access one of the basic needs of any child, the right to education and quality care.

Access to another basic need - proper health and hygiene, especially for mothers and young children - also needs to be looked into as a matter of urgency.

19 May 2017 description
report Voice of America

NAIROBI — After more than a year of wreaking havoc across western and southern Africa, fall armyworms have now been reported in most countries in eastern Africa, including Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Burundi.

Timothy Mbaya is a 25-year-old farmer from western Kenya. He says 75 percent of his maize crop was destroyed by a fall armyworm infestation in April.

19 May 2017 description

Despite recent seasonal rainfall, moisture deficits remain in central Kenya and Somalia

  1. Following rains during early March, significant long-term moisture deficits remain throughout central and eastern Madagascar.

  2. Inconsistent rainfall since late December has led to continued dryness across many parts of western Angola.

19 May 2017 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  •   The county experienced a late nnset of the MAM long rains which began on the third dekad of March.

  •   The County recorded an average of 174 mm of rainfall in 8 wet days.

  •   The average VCI (3month) for the County was 18.9 indicating moderate vegetation deficit.

19 May 2017 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  •   Generally the month was hot and dry except from some rain which were experienced towards the end of the month

  •   The average VCI for the county was 26.44 implying moderate vegetation deficit.

  •   The quantity and quality of pasture and browse ranged from fair to poor across all the livelihood zones.

19 May 2017 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

19 May 2017 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

Rainfall: The long (MAM) rains were expected to commence in the third week of March (according to the seasonal calendar) but are yet to start.