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Tana River County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for February 2016

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Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

The biophysical indicators show positive fluctuations within the expected seasonal ranges.

  • Rainfall: no showers were received in the month of February.

  • The vegetation condition. The 3-month VCI shows that the County vegetation condition is above normal ranges at 50.88 Bura (Tana North Sub County) recorded the lowest VCI of40.63

  • Currently the state of water sources is at the range of 2-3 in the county.
    This is the normal range during this time of the year.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

Production indicators

  • The crop wilted on the farm due to extreme temperatures

  • There is no unusual livestock migration patterns noted in the county.

  • No livestock death was reported.

  • Livestock body condition is good in all livelihood zones.

  • Milk production at household level was above the normal ranges at44litres Access indicators

    • Milk consumption was above normal at 34.4litres

    • The return distance to water were shorter than normal Utilization indicators The malnutrition status of children under the age of 5 years who are at risk decreased to6 % in February compared to the month of January which stood at 7.58%.

This could be attributed to availability of sufficient milk for consumption at the