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Meru County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for November 2017

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Biophysical Indicators
- Above normal rains were received during the first dekad leading to flooding of several farms and displacement of several households. Amounts reduced to below normal during the second and third dekads.
- Vegetation conditions improved notably as the vegetation condition index increased to 47.68 compared to 41.42 last month.
- Pasture and browse improvements noted across the grazing areas in the Agro-pastoral livelihood zone.

Production Indicators
- Majority of livestock are of fair body conditions and are currently grazing in the normal/wet season grazing area in the Northern Grazing Area. Cases of cattle rustling reported in lower areas of Igembe North, Igembe Central, and Tigania East Sub-counties.
- First and second weeding, spraying for pest control, and application of top dress fertilizers were the major farm activities. Fall armyworm infestation reported in 30 percent of the cultivated area. Approximately 8 percent of maize yield may be lost if action is not taken immediately.

Access Indicators
- Trekking distances to watering points for households reduced to 8 km from 11 km last month while that of livestock reduced to 10 km from 18 km last month.

Utilization Indicators
- 24.3 percent of sampled children were at risk of malnutrition compared to 25.6 last month.