Isiolo County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for February 2016

Situation Report
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Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • No Rainfall received in the county over the month. The county is experiencing short dry spell.

  • Pasture condition worsened compared to previous month. The County Vegetation condition Index 3month (VCI) values reduced from 36 (January) to 31(February.
    Both sub counties recorded decline in pasture condition.
    The VCI 1Month depict a serious pasture deficit of 18 (Isiolo North) and 28 (Isiolo south).

  • Surface water sources dried up while Boreholes were opened earlier than Normal in Merti.
    Emerging issues: Breakdowns of Boreholes is common due to high concentration. Currently, Urura borehole is not in use.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

  • Livestock body condition is stable for all species.

  • No mortalities related to drought. Livestock mortalities due to black quarter and blot occurred in Sericho ward and Cherab ward.

  • Milk production declined compared to last month.

  • Internal migration is common in all LZ zone (normal).The migration in Merti Sub County is unusual for this time.

  • Average MUAC measurement is 15%.MUAC measurement increased by 2% compared to January.
    The county drought status is ALERT WORSENING.