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Wajir County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for October 2017

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Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

Rainfall Report

The County experienced fairly dry condition during the month, although few places received rainfall during the end of the third week of October where Wajir town and Gurar recorded the highest rainfall. Other stations record no rainfall.

Vegetation condition: Pasture and browse condition is poor in all livelihood zones as confirmed by VCI which shows severe vegetation deficit for the County with ascore of 24 as compared to previous month figure of 30 showing a decline in VCI. Wajir South and Wajir West are the most affected zones with scores of 18.0 and 17.0 respectively

Distance to water points from households was longer than the long term average which is not normal

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

Livestock body condition was poor in cattle, sheep, and goat and fair in camel. Out migration of livestock was reported in some parts of the county. Depletion of pasture and browse was reported in many parts of the county but the same is expected to improve. Increase in trekking distance was noted while the terms of trade is favourable. Percentage of children under five at risk of malnutrition increased from 20.2 in September to 21.0 in October, less coping strategies were employed as compared to previous month.