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Baringo County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for February 2016

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Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Drought Phase: NORMAL

Biophysical Indicators

  • 50% of biophysical indicators show fluctuations below the expected seasonal range.

  • Below normal rainfall of 0.57 mm received within the month of February which is below average at this time of the year.

  • The vegetation condition index VCI-3month for the County is above normal ranges but on a worsening trend. This is attributed to ongoing dry spell.

  • Water in the pans is below normal (35-50%)

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

Production indicators:

  • Livestock have started migrating from their traditional grazing grounds to dry season fall back zones.

  • Livestock body condition is fair in agro-pastoral and irrigated but poor and worsening in Pastoral livelihood zones.

  • Milk production is normal but on declining trend. Attributed to diminishing pasture and water.
    Access indicators

  • Terms of trade are still within normal range and favourable to pastoral livelihoods.

  • Distances to water sources for households have increased.

Utilization indicators:

  • MUAC is at 13% this is slightly below the threshold point of 15%.
    Worsened compared to that of last month.

  • Occurrence of waterborne/water related diseases is below normal, no water contamination reported.