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21 Apr 2015 description
report IRIN

NAIROBI, 21 April 2015 (IRIN) - Instead of threatening to eject 350,000 Somali refugees or building a wall along an entire border, experts and observers are urging Kenya to tackle the real enemies within: poor governance and stalled police reforms.

Since Kenya began a military intervention in Somalia to target insurgent group al-Shabab in October 2011, there has been a spate of terrorist attacks on Kenyan soil.

21 Apr 2015 description

Launched in June 2005 by President George W. Bush, the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) represented a major 5-year, $1.265 billion expansion of U.S. Government resources for malaria control. The Initiative is led by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented together with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). PMI funds programs in 19 focus countries in Africa and one regional program in the Greater Mekong Subregion of Southeast Asia (see Appendix 1).

21 Apr 2015 description
report EastAfrican

IN SUMMARY

  • Signed in 2013, the tripartite pact between the two countries and the UN agency expires in September 2016. Both UNHCR and Somalia have argued this agreement should provide the guideline for voluntary repatriation.

The Kenyan government has agreed to form a tripartite commission that will be charged with overseeing the repatriation of Somali refugees at the Dadaab Camp.

21 Apr 2015 description

Snapshot 15–21 April 2015

Iraq Violence has displaced 14,000 families in and around Ramadi: 7,000 in Anbar; 5,000 in Baghdad, 2,000 on their way to Baghdad. Checkpoints and insecurity hamper IDP movement. UNICEF estimates 8.29 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, up from 5.2 million in February.

21 Apr 2015 description
report Voice of America

Lenny Ruvaga
April 20, 2015 10:27 AM

NAIROBI, KENYA— The World Health Organization estimates 3.4 billion people are at risk of malaria, with children under the age of five and pregnant women being the most vulnerable.

As World Malaria Day approaches (April 25), mortality rates are falling and a new test - well into the last stage of trials - is having positive results in Kenya.

21 Apr 2015 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary

  • Price increase blamed on delayed rains.
  • CS Mohammed says millers to get supplies until the current shortage is addressed.

By JACQUELINE KUBANIA

The government has released maize stocks held by the National Cereals and Produce Board to arrest a rise in the price of flour across the country.

The announcement comes at a time the retail price of a two-kilogramme bag of maize flour has reached a high of Sh104.50, compared with Sh88 in January.

20 Apr 2015 description

Highlights

  • WFP requires USD45 million for the next six months to meet the needs of all refugees in Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan and Uganda.

  • The rate of new arrivals has recently slowed in Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia but is subject to periodic spikes. However, renewed fighting in Upper Nile State has resulted in an increased number of refugees crossing into Sudan. About 5,000 people crossed into Sudan on 13 April alone.

  • Relocation of refugees to more appropriate sites is ongoing in Ethiopia and Sudan.

20 Apr 2015 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • Light showers were received in some parts of the County during the month of March

  • The 3-month Vegetation Condition index for the County was 9.85 indicating extreme drought .Four sub counties are already under extreme drought namely Mandera South, Banisa, North and West with 8.46, 9.5, 8.77 and 9.92 respectively while the remaining two sub counties are at severe drought.

20 Apr 2015 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

20 Apr 2015 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • Most bio-physical showed some fluctuations outside expected seasonal norms.

  • The vegetation condition index VCI-3month was 29.06 compared to the normal of 40-50.

  • The state of water sources was below normal at 4 compared to 5 normally.
    Production indicators

  • The milk production levels were above-average at 132 750-ml bottles compared to a long-term average of 80-85.

20 Apr 2015 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • In the month of March, Kilifi County recorded a 3-monthly VCI of 31.6 indicating the county condition was deteriorating from February 3-monthly VCI of 43.76. The county now is in moderate drought with five sub counties as shown above being in moderate drought from last month when all the sub counties were in normal condition .

20 Apr 2015 description

PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR OCTOBER 2015

20 Apr 2015 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • No significant rainfall was received during the month of March.

  • The 3-monthly Vegetation Condition index for the County was 24.68 indicating moderate drought with Pokot central (Sigor) being the most affected with a VCI of 20.01.

  • Over 50% of the surface water sources had dried up and congestion had been witnessed around strategic boreholes.

  • All the biophysical indicators were outside the expected normal range.

20 Apr 2015 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • Vegetation condition index (VCI)-3 month in the county for March 2015 was 27 from 37 recorded February 2015, this is within the normal ranges across the sub counties.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

  • In March 2015, the livestock migration pattern was minimal and within the normal grazing routes to dry spell areas.

20 Apr 2015 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • The month of March registered onset of the long-rains season of which rainfall was recorded in various parts of the county in the third dekad for an average of four days.

  • The Vegetation Condition Index (VCI) was 12.74 illustrating severe drought and on a worsening trend.

  • The water availability was below normal attributed to the long dry spell and declined volumes in available water sources.

20 Apr 2015 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • The biophysical indicators show unusual fluctuations outside the expected seasonal ranges.

  • There was no rainfall received within the month of March.

20 Apr 2015 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • The percentage of average rainfall is 19.8% below normal range of 80 – 120% an indication of a dry month.

  • The VCI is 24.01 which indicate vegetation is far below the normal range of 35 - 50.

  • The current water situation is within the normal range however the situation is improving with some of the water sources recharging.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

20 Apr 2015 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

The county is at early alarm with high drought risk. The average rainfall recorded was 15.6 mm as measured by three rain gauges, the average amount recorded was below normal ranges. The forage conditions reduced from 32.48 to 16.8 as measured by vegetation condition index (VCI) for the overall county indicating severe drought. Surface and underground water sources have either dried up or are drying up quickly.

Socio economic indicators details

20 Apr 2015 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification Biophysical Indicators

  • The biophysical indicators showed unusual fluctuations within the expected seasonal ranges, especially in the pastoral and agropastoral livelihoods.

  • The vegetation condition index (VCI-3month) was 29.70, which fell within the range moderate drought condition.

  • The state of water sources was below normal; less than 4 compared to 5 normally.

Socio-Economic (Impact) Indicators

Production indicators

20 Apr 2015 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators