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16 Oct 2019 description

There are 325,677 Burundian refugees. This total reflects the refugee population covered by the Burundi Regional Refugee Response Plan and includes Burundian refugees who fled since April 2015, as well as some 37,000 Burundian refugees who sought asylum in the local region prior to April 2015. In addition to the population above, there are some 13,800 Burundian refugees and asylum seekers in Kenya, 7,800 in Mozambique, 8,300 in Malawi, 9,200 in South Africa and 6,000 in Zambia who are assisted within the respective country-level programmes.

16 Oct 2019 description

Two consecutive failed rainy seasons in some areas, floods in others, internal violence in multiple locations and economic shocks have left nearly 23.6 million people severely food insecure in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan, while at least 280,000 people (one third of the population) face chronic food insecurity in Djibouti. In Somalia, the southern Gu season harvests were the worst recorded since 1995, while in Kenya’s south-eastern areas there was crop failure.

16 Oct 2019 description

Many countries in sub-Saharan Africa have pockets of food insecurity. These can appear and develop for many reasons. And in some cases, simple nature-based solutions can make a significant difference to people’s lives.

16 Oct 2019 description

Several mature gregarious Desert Locust swarms have been sighted in the past few days in the northeastern portion of the Ogaden in eastern Ethiopia, less than 100 km south of the N Somalia border and approximately 600 km north of the Kenya border.

15 Oct 2019 description

On 15 November 2018, several buses pulled up at the Unchiprang camp for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, organised as part of a repatriation agreement between the governments of Bangladesh and Myanmar.

The buses remained in the camps all day but left empty. Not a single Rohingya refugee volunteered to return to Myanmar. The exercise was spoken of by Bangladesh and UN officials as a successful demonstration of their commitment to voluntary return, even though it resulted in a spike in mental health difficulties among an already highly traumatised population.

15 Oct 2019 description
report Government of Kenya

**Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators*

  • No rains were received during the Month under review.

  • Vegetation condition; the current three-month Vegetation Condition index for the County showed Normal vegetation deficit but the situation is totally different on the ground with depleted pasture and poor browse conditions across all parts of the County with worsening trend. pastoral farmers are buying feeds for their livestock to save lives.

15 Oct 2019 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

Rainfall

  • Moderate off-season showers were received in the mixed farming and agro-pastoral livelihood zones with the pastoral livelihood zone receiving relatively low to no rainfall during the month under review.

Vegetation condition:

15 Oct 2019 description

The Malabo Protocol could give African states primacy in investigating and prosecuting grave crimes

Since June 2014 when African leaders agreed to set up an African international crimes court, there’s been no progress towards its establishment. The Malabo Protocol, adopted at an African Union (AU) summit in Equatorial Guinea, needs to be ratified to give the court jurisdiction over international crimes and transnational organised crimes.

15 Oct 2019 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • The month of September was characterised by dry, hot and windy weather conditions. However, offseason rains were received in some pockets in Gakawa and Mugunda ward. The rains were received for an average of three to five days.

  • Pasture and browse deteriorated in the month under review compared to the previous month. Pasture conditions were poor in both livelihood zones.

15 Oct 2019 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

** Biophysical Indicators**

  • The County recorded light rains coupled with low temperatures. The off season rains were within the normal range.

  • The county vegetation greenness condition was above the normal range (3 Months VCI 45.36).

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

Production Indicators

  • Land preparation was ongoing in the lowlands while in the upper zone some farmers had planted maize.

15 Oct 2019 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • Weather condition for September remained dry and hot. Acute water scarcity was witnessed in most areas. Water flow in Permanent Rivers remained low while most seasonal rivers and boreholes were dry.

  • The 3months cumulative vegetation cover across the County showed below normal condition which was similar for pasture and browse.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

15 Oct 2019 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • Substantial rains were received across all livelihood zones in the County. The temporal and spatial distribution was good.

  • The vegetation index recorded was above normal range, with an upward trend across the livelihoods as illustrated by the increase in the Vegetation Condition Index. All Subcounties recorded above normal vegetation conditions.
    Forage condition is good in September.

15 Oct 2019 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification Biophysical Indicators

  • Sunny and dry weather conditions dominated most parts of the county during the period under review. Consequently, the aggregate rainfall for the six month period spanning from April to September 2019 represented only 58 percent of the normal rainfall for the period.

  • The condition of vegetation deteriorated further across most sites in the county as evidenced by the shift in the VCI-3 month values for all sub counties during the review period.

15 Oct 2019 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification Biophysical Indicators

  • Off season showers were received at the beginning and mid – month for about 2 days in Central and Parts of North.

  • Normal vegetation greenness prevailed except for East with severe vegetation deficit.

  • Level of surface water sources dwindled considerably in East and North with some dying up.
    Socio Economic Indicators Details

15 Oct 2019 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification Biophysical Indicators

Rainfall

Several parts of the county experienced mainly sunny and dry weather conditions in September 2019.

However, a few parts of Wajir North experienced some rainfall amounts during the last four days of the month.

Vegetation condition:

15 Oct 2019 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • During the month the county experienced very little to no rainfall in the Rain Fed and Mixed Farming livelihood zones. The agro pastoral and Rain fed Livelihood zones didn’t receive any rainfall in the month under review.

  • The little rainfall was below long term average for the dekad one in the Rain Fed and Mixed Farming livelihood zones in the month under review.