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Lamu County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for November 2015

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Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • The percentage average rainfall, to that of the long term average for the month of November was 233.61% which was above the normal range of 80 % -120%.

  • The vegetation condition was normal during the month of November and it improved from that of October.

  • Pasture and browse condition remained good across all livelihood zones. This was due to increased rainfall in the month of November.

  • The State of water sources was normal and the main sources being: Shallow wells – 41.67% followed by boreholes at 25%, Djabia had 16.67% while Lakes and Natural Rivers were third and they accounted for 8.3% each.

  • Average House hold water distance increased slightly from 1 Km in October to 1.35 Km in November.

Socio Economic Indicators

  • The body condition for both cattle and goats were normal and improving. This was due to improved pasture and browse condition due to increased rainfall.

  • However, there were increased cases of Cattle diseases in Moa, Chalaluma and Didewaride areas of Witu. Over 50 cattle died.

  • There were also reported cases of livestock out-migration to Tana River County from areas of Witu in search of fresh pasture due to flooding of some grazing fields.

  • Despite the challenges highlighted, the drought EW phase for the month of November was normal and the drought risk was still low.