Taita Taveta County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for February 2016

Situation Report
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Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • The onset of short rains season was late with an average rainfall of 68.7% which is within normal range.

  • In February, light shower were received mainly in the highlands which is normal at this time of the year.

  •  3month Vegetation condition index is within normal range.

  •  The water situation has slightly deteriorated compared to the previous month.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

  • Dry harvesting of maize is ongoing in all livelihood zones.

  • Elephants menace remains a challenge in the county.

  • Pasture and browse condition is good expected to deteriorate due to high temperatures being experienced.

  •  Livestock body condition has improved due to availability of pasture and reduced trekking distances to water sources.

  •  Milk production is below normal.

  •  Terms of Trade were favorable.

  •  Proportion of children less than five years rated to be at risk of malnutrition is within normal range.