Kenya

Wajir County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for October 2016

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Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

The entire County experienced generally sunny and dry weather conditions during October 2016. Most of the area recorded monthly total rainfalls of less than 10mm signifying the late onset of the October-December short rains season. However, Buna recorded substantial amount of rainfall on the 31st October.

The current vegetation conditions ranges from fair to poor with areas in Wajir South and East experiencing below normal vegetation deficit.
The current County vegetation index stands at 41.53.

The County is currently experiencing water related drought stress. Both distance and waiting time at the boreholes increased significantly affecting livestock body condition and productivity consequently impacting negatively on the current food security.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

The body condition of goats, sheep and cattle was ranging from fair to poor across livelihood zones with those in Wajir South cattle pastoral and Wajir East camel pastoral areas having below normal body condition. Camel species were observed good to fair body conditions across livelihood zones. Milk production and prices have significantly increased during the months under review consequently constraining the availability and accessibility of the commodity. The terms of trade are still favourable at 71.kg for a sale of one medium size goat. Most markets are functioning normally across livelihood zones. Migration of livestock from Garissa, Mandera and Somalia accelerated the depletion of pasture, browse and water points and also brought with them various contagious diseases to the County. The percentage of under five children at risk of malnutrition increased from the previous month’s figure of 17.05 to 17.26.