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Ijara Sub-County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for March 2015

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Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • The long rain season started in the fourth week of March 2015 in the entire Sub County

  • Most of the water pans/dams and natural ponds are filled up with substantial volume of water that was anticipated to last for three months. The state of the water sources was normal and recorded at 5which was within the normal range of 4-5

  • The vegetation condition index VCI-3month was 31.3 which was below the normal range of 35-50

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

  • The satellite Livestock are camped in the dry grazing zone in Boni forest and only few milking herds and shorts were within the settlement areas/sentinel sites

  • The livestock body condition was scored at 3 which was below the normal range of 4-5.

  • Milk Production was recorded at 29.3 litres which was within the normal range of 13.33-36.01

  • Milk consumption was at 24.3 litres which was above the normal range of 9.0- 21.8

  • Percentage of children at risk of malnutrition based on MUAC below 135mm was 15.6% which was within the (threshold ) the normal ranges of 15.64-21.60

  • The average prices of all species of livestock had registered a decrease when compared with previous month.