Larger Mwingi Sub-County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for August 2013


Situation Overview

  • The month of August was characterized by warm and sunny days and windy, cold and cloudy nights. No rains were received in the Larger Mwingi Sub County. This is normal at this time of the year.
  • Food security situation is deteriorating due to crops failure, declining milk production and over reliance on market commodities.
  • The quantity and quality of natural vegetation was fair across all livelihood zones with a declining trend. The vegetation consists of a standing browse only.
  • The main source of water for households this month was traditional river wells just as it was in previous months. There was an increase in average waiting time with constant average grazing distances.
  • The proportion of children at risk of malnutrition increase by 1% to stand at 9% in the month of August. The current level of malnutrition is below normal. Mui Division had the highest number of children who are at risk of malnutrition at 18.9% indicative of 4.1% decline.
  • Cases of common cold, coughing and malaria were reported in Nuu Division.
  • Livestock body condition was good for all the species with a stable trend.
  • The early warning stage for the month of August can be termed as Normal with a deteriorating trend in all livelihood zones.