Tharaka Nithi County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for June 2018

from Government of Kenya
Published on 30 Jun 2018 View Original

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • The average amount of rainfall received in the month of June was normal compared to the long term average.

  • The water recharge level in rivers was normal compared to the long term average. Vegetation cover across the County was normal with an improving trend compared to the long term average due to high rainfall amount in the previous 3 months.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

Production Indicators

  • The condition of pasture and browse was normal but it reduced slightly from that of the previous month. Livestock body condition for cattle and goats improved and it remained good due to presence of a variety of animal feeds especially from crop residue.

  • Food Stock at households’ level improved due to the ongoing long rain harvesting.

Access Indicators

  • Livestock prices increased due to improved body condition of livestock while commodity prices reduced due to high supplies to the market from the ongoing harvest. Grazing and household water distance increased from that of the previous month due to reduction in rainfall amount leading to less pasture compared to the previous months.

  • Milk production and consumption improved but still remained low.

Utilization Indicators

  • Percentages of children at risk of malnutrition decreased from that of the previous month and remained within the normal range.

  • Following all the above prevailing conditions, the overall drought phase in June was Normal and the trend was improving