Kenya

Mbeere District: Drought Monthly Bulletin, November 2009

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Situation overview

- Relatively warm and wet weather conditions prevailed across the district although the rainfall was poorly distributed. The district received an average of 69 mm of rainfall in the month with an average of 7 days of rainfall, a below normal trend during this period of the year.

- Pasture and browse availability and accessibility improved across the entire district. Livestock body conditions were fair but are expected to improve with the improved pasture and browse availability within the district.

- Water availability and accessibility was good as both permanent and seasonal water reservoirs recharged their water levels, thus reducing the pressure and congestion on the watering points.

- Weeding and replanting were the predominant agricultural activities across the district. Food purchase prices remained high.

- The nutrition status of children under 5 years of age deteriorated slightly in comparison to the month of October, with no major ailments being reported within the district. The percentage of those rated at risk of malnutrition dropped to 22.4 from 25 in October.

- Due to the commencement of the short rains, there is improvement of the Environmental indicators, rural indicators and Welfare indicators. The drought situation in the district can be described as 'Alert' and improving.