Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification
The 2019 OND short rains onset was early, first dekad of October as opposed to third dekad on a normal seasonal.
The vegetation greenness for the county was normal with exemption of a few pockets in the Marginal mixed farming livelihood zone.
Pasture and browse regeneration was evident across all livelihood zones with the exemption of a few pockets which had received light showers.
Late planting was ongoing in the MF zone. Up-to 70 percent of cropland in the mixed farming livelihood had been planted and germination witnessed.
Some unconfirmed cases of livestock deaths in Masongaleni
Body condition for the cattle in Mixed Farming livelihood zone was fair while in the MMF zone it ranged from poor to fair
No unusual Cases of livestock diseases though vaccination against Lumpy Skin Disease and Contagious Caprine PleuroPneumonia (CCPP) was ongoing in the Marginal mixed farming livelihood zone.
Milk production was within the normal range.
Milk consumption was within the normal range.
- Most surface water sources in the MF zone had impounded water (above 80 percent) while in the MMF it was around 30 percent.
The percentage of children at risk of malnutrition has increased from the last month and is slightly above LTA