Garissa County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for October 2016


Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • The average vegetation condition index for the county is reduced from 30.63 to 24.37

  • The current average is below the normal range of >35

  • The Sub counties of Fafi and Ijara are in the severe vegetation deficit category.

  • Water sources currently in use are boreholes, River Tana and spring,

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

  • 100% of the livestock population are in poor body condition.

  • Mortalities for small stocks was reported in parts of Ijara sub county.

  • Milk production was recorded at 16.70litres which is below the normal of 36 litres.

  • There was no livestock migration reported but large numbers of cattle remain outside the county.

  • The terms of trade recorded for the month was 47 kg per sale of goat. The term of trade is not favourable to the pastoralist.

  • Household return distance to water sources continue to increase and recorded at 13km which indicated above the normal range of <5km

  • The MUAC levels for at risk to malnutrition increased from 19.6 % to 26.8%. with mid at risk =23.36% ,moderate at risk 3.2% and severe at 2.4%