Kenya: Samburu district drought monthly bulletin, Dec 2009


Situation overview

- he district received 35.2 mm of rainfall on average compared to 42.85 mm received in October. The amount was 63.17 per cent below the long-term mean average of 106.7 mm. The rains received minimally reversed the severity of drought impact for households across the district.

- The main water sources utilised this season recharged fully following the rains received, leading to decreased distances to water points for households and livestock.

- Livestock body conditions generally ranged from fair to good and prices improved substantially compared to November.

- Milk remained unavailable at the household level across the district.

- Malaria and upper respiratory tract infections continued to dominate the district human disease profile, but within manageable levels.

- Improved livestock prices were countered by high prices of essential food commodities, hence minimal impact on pastoralists' purchasing power.

- Insecurity continued to destabilise the western and eastern borders of the district, constraining utilisation of forage resources and human settlement in the affected areas.

- utrition status of children below five years improved, with the percentage of those considered at risk of malnutrition (based on MUAC<135mm measurement) decreasing to 29.7 from 30.6 in November.