Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification
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.