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Moyale Sub-County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for March 2015

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Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

Biophysical indicators show unusual fluctuations outside expected seasonal ranges. Rainfall experienced in March was below normal and unevenly distributed which partially impacted positively on the state of forage. Vegetation Condition Index (VCI) for the month of March was 2.26 which depicted extreme drought for Moyale. 40% of surface water sources have been recharged while the underground water sources are yielding modest amounts of water. Repair of boreholes and improved water piping system has improved water accessibility. Water trucking is being carried out in worst hit areas.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

Livestock body condition was poor with a score of 2 especially for cattle where they were very thin, no fat and bones visible in areas of Golbo, Uran, Butiye, and Obbu wards as compared to a normal range of 3-6. Livestock deaths has also been noted in areas of Dabel, Ellebor, Bori,
Nana and Godoma.Children at risk of malnutrition were at 18.8% compared to the long term average of 20.2% which is within the normal range.

Coping strategy index was outside the expected range.