Mandera County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for January 2014
No rains were received in all part of the County during the reporting month under review.
Main sources of water for the month of January were Boreholes, major earth pans, Rivers Daua, and underground water tanks.
There are over 50 centres that are currenly being water trucked by the County Government.Dandu town which has a population of over 30,000 as per 2009 census is among the areas being water trucked and urgent interventions is required to avert the crisis.
In the Agro-pastoral cropping zone, No crops have been planted after the failure of short rains. In irrigated cropping zone, floods have receded, River Daua has almost dried up and farmers are not expecting any yield untill the next season.
There is no insecurity incidences reported during the month under review. There is concentration of livestock at major water points like Gari,Marothiley,Ola,Allungu that may led to tension and animosity between clans due to scarcity of resources.There is need to activate peace building committees to avert any issues that may arise.
Livestock body conditions for all species are good but on worsening trend. The situation is more dire in the pastoral livelihood zone compared to other livelihood zones.
Pasture quantities are fair in Agro pastoral and irrigated cropping zone though in a standing hay while in Pastoral all species zone pasture is depleted.
The average household prices of livestock have decreased when compared to the preceding month.
There are reported cases of livestock deaths (cattle) observed along River Daua (Khalalio), Kutulo, Shimbir Fatuma and Hareri divisions. Suspected diseases are Contagious Bovine Pleuro Pneuminia (CBPP) and Black quarter disease.
Percentage at Risk and Malnourished (ARM) children above 1 year and below 5 years increased from15.8% to 17.8% for month of January.
The drought situation in the County remained Alert and the trends are worsening.