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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.

19 May 2017 description

On 27 April 2017, the Government of Kenya unveiled a new 6-year partnership between the Ministry of Health and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) as well as private sector partners to strengthen and address gaps in food fortification. The project, funded by the European Union, focuses on improving the capacity of manufacturers to fortify maize flour and other staples consumed by poor households where the levels of malnutrition are higher.

18 May 2017 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

18 May 2017 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

 The onset of the long rains was late in the first week of April compared to third week of March normally and progression has been poor  The county experienced extreme vegetation greenness deficit (VCI of 9.72) but the onset of rains triggered recovery.
 The state of water in main water points is inadequate compared to the long term mean.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

18 May 2017 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

 Below normal rainfall amounts received in both livelihood zones.
 The Vegetation Condition Index was below normal at 4.63.
 The state of water sources was inadequate and below normal. Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

Production indicators

18 May 2017 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • Good rainfall amounts were received in most northern and pockets of western parts of the county during third week of the month.

  • Pasture and browse condition remained poor in all areas. The condition is below normal.

  • The state of water is inadequate in main water sources in all areas. The situation is below normal.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

18 May 2017 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • Minimal parts of the county received showers on various days totalling 16.5 mm with poor temporal distribution and uneven space coverage.

  • Further deterioration was noticed in rangeland cover across the county with both livelihood zones remaining in severe vegetation deficit band.
    The overall vegetation cover decreased to 11.5 from 15.44 recorded last month.

18 May 2017 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicator

The County is currently experiencing severe vegetation deficit, this is as a result of poor seasonal long rains. Generally, vegetation cover in the county is poor and continues to worsen.

Rainfall:

  • The rainfall received in this month was poor. On average the county received negligible amounts at an average of 11.73 mm.

18 May 2017 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

The County continues experiencing severe vegetation deficit from the ongoing dry spell. Generally, vegetation cover in the county is below normal.

Rainfall:

  • No major rains received in March. On average the county received negligible amounts at 17.1 mm.

18 May 2017 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • Rainfall report: 124.2 mm and 62 mm of rainfall was recorded at Marsabit and Moyale stations respectively.

  • Vegetation condition; Pasture and browse condition is poor in pastoral livelihood zone and fair to poor in Agro pastoral livelihood zone.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

18 May 2017 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • The County received an average of 20 – 50 percent of normal rains which were poorly distributed across space and time. Agro-pastoral livelihood zone received the least amounts

  • Vegetation conditions declined further this month across all livelihood zones with Vegetation condition Index recorded at 25.41 compared to 30.92 last month

18 May 2017 description

by Daniel Wesangula | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Thursday, 18 May 2017 16:04 GMT

By Daniel Wesangula

NAIROBI, May 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Raging floods, which have killed 26 people and forced almost 25,000 from their homes in Kenya this month, will exacerbate hunger and poverty among herders who have already lost livestock to the worst drought in five years, charities warned.

18 May 2017 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

Rainfall: Most parts of the county have received rains within the last two weeks of April.

  • Vegetation condition: The 3 month vegetation condition index (VCI) for the County is 29.61, depicting a moderate vegetation deficit.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

Production indicators:

  • No harvest recorded

18 May 2017 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • The MAM rains achieved during the month of April were highly depressed in volumes and accounted for 62 percent of normal rains.

  • Vegetation condition index stood at 58.2 percent of normal meaning that available forage were of poor conditions.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

  • Livestock body conditions and health remained poor across livelihood zones.

18 May 2017 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • Light showers were received in 1st and 2nd dekad but actual onset realized towards end of 3 rd dekad totalling to 28.15 mm with poor temporal distribution and with fair coverage in space.

  • Further deterioration was noticed in rangeland cover across the county with both livelihood zones moving to extreme vegetation deficit band. The overall vegetation cover decreased to 7.36 from 11.5 recorded last month.

18 May 2017 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • The county registered late onset of long rains on 4th of April.

  • The rains were erratic characterized by poor distribution in terms of time and space.

  • The rains supported crop germination, water recharge and pasture regeneration.

  • Vegetation condition index was below normal at 13.16.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

Production Indicators

18 May 2017 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • The month of April was characterized by poor rainfall performance coupled with intervals of sunny and dry weather conditions.

  • The Vegetation Condition Index (VCI) was 10 indicating an extreme vegetation deficit.

  • The water availability was below normal for the period.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

Production Indicators

18 May 2017 description
report Government of Kenya

Biophysical Indicators

  • Relatively good rainfall amount was received in the second and third dekads of the month. Rainfall had a poor start for the long rains season.

  • Pasture and browse condition remained poor in most areas. The situation is below normal, but with expectation to improvement.

  • The state of water remained inadequate in main sources and the situation remains below normal.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

18 May 2017 description
report Government of Kenya

Biophysical Indicators

The County received below normal rainfall during the month, and it was fair to poor in both temporal and spatial distribution, though heavy rainfall were experienced in some sub-counties such as Wajir North, Wajir East and Tarbaj during the month.