Tana River County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for June 2018

Situation Report
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Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicator

The County is currently experiencing Normal vegetation conditions in EWS classification.


  • The county received normal rainfall amount in the month at 7.2mm. However, the Tana delta region of county continued to suffer from floods of the last rain season. Floods have not yet receded completely.

  • The vegetation condition. The 3-month VCI indicates that the County is currently experiencing an above normal vegetation greenness at 87.42. The values slightly increased when compared to the previous month where the VCI was at 83.98. All the Sub Counties are currently experiencing above normal vegetation greenness.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

Production indicators

  • Most livestock have remained in the hinterlands of the county and are closer to the households.

  • The browse and pasture condition in the county are very good.

  • The livestock body condition for both grazers and browsers are good.

  • Milk production at household level is stable at 5.4 litres compared to that of the last month where the amount was at 5.5 litres.

Access indicators

  • The average milk consumption in the county remained stable at 3 litres compared to the last month. Milk consumption remains below the normal average.

  • The average livestock distance to the water sources remained below the normal at 4.5 km in this month. When compared to the last month where it was at 5 km. The return distance slightly reduced.

Utilization indicators

The percentage of children under the risk of malnutrition in this month was at 14.3% compared to that of May which was at 13.5%. The reduced nutritional status is attributed to poor milk production and consumption and also the lack of enough food in the household.