Marsabit County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for March 2014


Situation Overview

  • Rainfall onset was on 15th of March slightly earlier than Metrological Department forecast with 189.6 mm received around Mt Marsabit and its environs. Rains were experienced in all parts of the County with all-pastoral livelihood zones quantified as fair and good in Saku Sub-County (Agro-Pastoral).

  • Flush floods were reported in lowlands in Kargi, Korr, Laisamis and Turbi. One person perished in Thurusi (Laisamis) as a result of the floods as well as several camels and shoats. In addition, 8 families were affected losing their livestock in Nairibi Sub-Location in Laisamis Sub County.

  • Nutritional status of children within one to five years brackets shows average at risk of malnutrition (MUAC below 135 mm as percentage) is 25.34% which is a decrease from last month’s 27.94%. However malnutrition levels are still in all pastoral Livelihood zones.

  • Quality and quantity of Pasture and browse has greatly improved across the County. This was fueled by offseason rains in February and the ongoing rains. As a result, livestock body condition is improving and minimized outward migration. Forage accessibility is restricted in Dukana mainly due to insecurity incidents.

  • Rain water, underground tanks, pans and dams, shallow wells, boreholes, traditional rivers wells and springs were the main sources of water for both human and livestock consumption.

  • Water sources have substantially recharged, significantly reducing distance to watering points as well as waiting time.

  • Security situation has greatly improved with warring communities living in peace.

  • Fish catch has reduced among the fisher folk community along Lake Turkana.

  • Illnesses reported were diarrhea, upper respiratory tract infections and Malaria. This may be attributed to poor sanitation and poor food handling practices.

  • Human wildlife conflict has been reported as a result of predation of livestock by wild animals. Elephants in Karare destroyed water Pipes decreasing water accessibility.