Kenya

Samburu District: Drought Monthly Bulletin, November 2009

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- The district received an average of 35.2 mm of rainfall compared to 42.85 mm received in October. The amount was 63.17 per cent below the long-term mean average of 106.7 mm. The rains received minimally reversed the severity of drought impact to many households across the district.

- Water sources utilized this season recharged following the rains received, leading to decreased distances to water points for households and livestock.

- Livestock body conditions generally ranged from fair to good and prices improved substantially compared to October.

- Milk remained unavailable at the household level across the district.

- Malaria and upper respiratory tract infections continued to dominate the district human disease profile, but within manageable levels.

- Improved livestock prices were countered by high prices of essential food commodities, hence minimal impact on pastoralists' purchasing power and access to food.

- Insecurity continued to destabilise the western and eastern borders of the district, constraining utilization of forage resources and human settlement in the affected areas.

- The nutrition status of children below five years improved during the month, with the percentage of those considered at risk of malnutrition (based on MUAC measurements) decreasing to 30.6 from 35.3 in October.