Kenya

Tana River District: Drought Monthly Bulletin, May 2007

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Situation Overview.

- The district is rated alert however the trend is improving.

- During the month the southern and central parts of the district received substantial amounts of rain. The northern and hinterland areas however received negligible amounts.

- The condition of vegetation is currently favourable with pasture and browse regenerating in those areas where the rains were received.

- The water situation has also substantially improved as most of the natural ponds and dams have accumulated adequate water.

- Livestock body and health conditions continued to be favourable with minimal reports of disease incidences.

- Though the environmental indicators have tremendously improved over the month, very little improvement was reported on the food security as food availability is still low.

- There was a slightly improvement in the child nutritional status as during the month the percentage of children categorized as being at risk of malnutrition dropped to 11.3% from 12.8% of last month.

- Most livestock are currently concentrated in the wet season grazing areas as the dry season grazing areas have become too wet.

- Fresh ethnic clashes between the Orma and the Wardei community members reported in Bura have left more than eight people injured.

Recommendations to DSG/KFSSG

- There is need to use the military force to defuse the ongoing clashes in Bura and carry out an operation to seize possible ammunitions before any peace negotiations are carried out. .

- Encourage farming communities to make use of the ongoing rains to enhance crop production by assisting them with seeds and farming implements.

Current interventions.

Non-Food Aid

- CCBP and de-worming campaigns by the DVO.

- Distribution of non food items by the Kenya Red Cross to Clash affected victims of Bura.

- Malaria campaign by the (PSI) Population Services international

- Distribution of relief seeds

Food Aid.

- Supplementary and therapeutic feeding programmes.

- Food for work activities in Wenje division by the Wenje Parish.

- EMOP has started and targeting 64,500 at 75% ratio size.