Wajir County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for September 2021

Situation Report
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Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

Rainfall Report.

The County remained dry and sunny throughout the month. The October 2021 weather outlook indicates that the County will be dry and Sunny. Vegetation Condition: On average, moderate vegetation deficit was reported in the County. However, physical observation indicates severe to extreme vegetation deficit across the livelihood zones.

Social Economic indicators

Production indicators;
 Livestock body condition is poor and on a worsening trend as pasture and browse get depleted.
 Reduced milk production was reported.
 Migration within and outside the county was reported.
 Livestock diseases such as CCPP, PPR, SGP and FMD were reported.

Access indicators:
 Terms of trade is unfavorable when compared to normal
 There was decrease in household milk consumption.
 Return distance to water sources increased compared to last month.
 Grazing distance to water sources increased compared to the previous month due to deteriorating rangeland resources.

Utilization Indicators:
 The proportion of children at risk of malnutrition increased from 23.2 percent in August to 23.6 percent in the month under review. This is attributed to decreased milk consumption.
 There was an upsurge in the number of COVID-19 cases in the county, with 99 cases having been recorded in the month of September 2021.