Tharaka Nithi County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for January 2018

Situation Report
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Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • The month of January was characterised by interval of Sunny, dry and hot weather. No actual rainfall was recorded in the county during that month. However, the atmospheric precipitation for the 1st,2nd and 3rd dekad of January was below the long term average.

  • There was a moderate deficit in vegetation cover during the month of January which decreased from that of the previous month.

  • The water status level was normal but continued to decline with some of the piped water system been rationed especially in Marimanti which is in Tharaka South Sub County.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

Production Indicators

  • The condition of pasture and browse ranged from fair to poor and the situation was deteriorating. Livestock body condition for both cattle and goats varied from fair to poor and the situation was also deteriorating.

  • Food Stock at households’ level are low ranging between 50-60% of their normal level due to poor harvest in most areas.

Access Indicators

  • Livestock prices decreased but were within the normal ranges while grazing and household water distance increased from that of the previous month due to depressed rainfall amounts.

  • Milk production and consumption per household were low and decreased from that of the previous months Utilization Indicators

  • Percentages of children at risk of malnutrition decreased and were within the normal range.

The overall drought phase remained at alert.