Kitui County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for December 2017


Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • The onset of short rains was generally late first to the second week of November while cessation was in first week of December.

  • Fair spatial and uneven temporal distribution was observed across the livelihood zones.

  • Water recharge situation on open water sources was near Normal but far below normal on underground aquifers.

  • The county had moderate vegetation deficit across all livelihood zones and had not matured by cessation of rains.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

  • Weeding and late planning was on-going across the county.

  • Replanting due to seeds rotting due to moisture stress was witnessed and is not normal at this time of the year. Most crops have been reported to be moisture stressed and wilting.

  • Majority of livestock had fair to good body condition.

  • There were no alarming cases of human and livestock diseases outbreaks reported.

  • High Migration have been reported

  • Distances to grazing areas and water sources was above normal.

  • Terms of Trade was reported to be adverse. This was below the long-term mean.

  • Milk production was slightly above while milk consumption was normal.

  • Percentage of children at risk of malnutrition was below normal.

  • Households moderately applied consumption based coping