Kenya

Tharaka North and South Districts: Drought Monthly Bulletin, November 2009

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Situation overview

- November is normally a wet month and was characterised by six wet days on average. Showers were received in most parts of the districts in the first four days of the month after which a dry spell of three weeks followed. As a result, the young crop suffered moisture stress, and this may depress the yields.

- Crop was generally at flowering stage. Rainfall pattern was uniform in the entire district. Field pests and weed control were the predominant activities in the month.

- There was adequate forage in all livelihood zones, though quite succulent following recent rains.

- There was a notable improvement in water situation in the larger Tharaka district as seasonal springs and streams flowed with water.

- Food security at household level remained at stake, with households' basically purchasing food at abnormally high prices.

- Peace was restored at the disputed boundary region of Tharaka and Meru north districts. The district peace committee was trained and it is expected to spearhead conflict resolution and peace restoration talks in the area.

- The nutrition status of children 12-59 months improved in the month. The percentage of children at risk of malnutrition improved from 9.6% recorded last month to 8.5%.