Mandera District: Drought Monthly Bulletin, March 2007


Situation Overview

- The rain has just started late this month but its trace

- Water was adequate and available in entire district. The main water source for the month of March was pan dams and bore holes

- Pasture quality was fair quantity has decreased the entire district.

- Livestock body condition continued to be better in the month of March.

- Compared to last month the average price of Goat, Camel, Cattle, Sheep have increased due to the lifting of the ban.

- The average grazing distance was 5.9km while the average house distance was 4.5km

- There was no major livestock disease outbreak reported but there were few cases of camel death of TRYPS and goats death of CCPP in Takaba and Finno Division respectively

- The main sources of income was sale of livestock and casual labour

- The average daily wage for the month of march was 148ksh

- The average cereal price was normal as compared to last month

- On Security issue where one person was killed ,one seriously injured by bandit in mandera town and alady was raped in Garba Goley location

- Percentage of At Risk and Malnourished (ARM)children decreased 2%from previous month

- Other essential commodities such as rice, cooking oil and sugar, prices were above average.

- From the sampled divisions, Milk was consumed by children only .This is attributed to most of the larger herds are dry and expected to calve towards the end of the year.

Flagged Areas

- No flagged area for the month of February 2007

Recommendations to DSG & KFSSG

- Sensitize ALL communities in the entire district on peace building

- Provide Relief food and Supplementary feeding for the vulnerable groups and malnourished children and aged persons.

- Introduce Food for Work for long term development

- Vaccination and mass treatments of livestock to prevent and control diseases.

- Support mobile outreach services and stock more basic drugs at rural health facilities

- Continue provision of chemical water treatment for areas with earth pans and underground tanks.

Current Intervention

Non-food aid

The following interventions were carried out during the month in the district;

- Islamic Relief distributed some more 1000 jericans (20 lt) and 100 bar soaps to 1,600 beneficiaries

- Islamic Relief also supplied assorted chemical water treatments in locations with water polluted sources

- MDPC restocked 40 families affected by the 2004 conflict and drought dropouts each with 20 goats and 1 donkey in Ashabito, Qumbiso, Alangu and Lafey locations.

- MDPC also conducted dialogue meeting between the Gare and murrlle communities regarding compensation blood money of 2004 conflict and agreed to meet in March 2007 on the same issue.

Food aid

- Supplementary feedings by Action Against Hunger and Islamic Relief

- Therapeutic feeding centres (TFC) in Mandera district hospital district by AAH

- Communities Therapeutic feeding by Islamic Relief with total beneficiaries of 150.