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Wajir District: Drought Monthly Bulletin, April 2007

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SITUATION OVERVIEW:

- Rainfall began early April with low intensity partly in the entire district with little showers and quenching livestock contributing to internal migration of animals to areas with high intensity of rainfall especially to the east and northern part of the district. there were nine more new rainfall gauge equipments installed in Dadajibulla,Sebule, Wajirbor, Arbajahan, Eldas,Danaba,Mansa,Kutulo and Tarbaj by ALRMP in support with the department of Meteorology

- Pastures are still of good quality in most parts of the district and re-generation continues improving the general body condition of the animals.

- Livestock and household accessibility to water have reduced tremendously since most of the pans had water but not to intensity required and the trekking distances have reduced resulting in less utilization of labour as compared to the dry spell.

- Little planting have been carried out especially in the northern part of the district but with little hope as the intensity of the rain is low as compared to the season[GUU] hence the expectation of the farmers might be low.

- Livestock diseases especially camel have been reported resulting in few deaths estimated at 2/100 in areas like Eldas,lekole.lesayu.sarman,dunto,wajirbor and khorof harar.A team consisting of DSG have conducted the assessment and carried out 120 sample and treated over 144 camel on general ailements.Blood samle have been taken to kabete for investigation and analysis.

- The team also confirmed deaths of birds of Dove species especially at water source in areas like Griftu and Dela while 12 samples have taken for analysis.

- The top morbidity and mortality diseases remain as malaria, URTI, diarrheal diseases and malnutrition; however there are suspected case of cholera at Bute, Dugo and Godoma while three cases of Deaths were reported and 54 patients admitted.

- The health standard of the community continues to improve despite outbreak of measles, Diarrhoeal deceases and high incidence of malaria following the rainfall.

- Diarrhoeal diseases have been reported in Bute division, Dugo and Godoma which is attributed to the consumption of contaminated water and poor latrine coverage while the water source is used in conjunction with both Human and livestock.

- The general prices of commercial food have reduced following improved road network as compared to the previous month while the current rainfall had little impact on road network.

- The market prices of food animals have improved though milk production is still low but camel and cattle have started lactating leading to increase in milk consumption.

- There were no cases of insecurity in the District but political wave is swapping around the district and areas bordering Somalia remained tense following the war in Somalia.

- Emop food distributions have been extended in the next six months targeting 199,462 persons district wide.

- The total beneficiary (GFD) target for phase VI stands at 199,462 which is equivalent to 51% of the district population (391,731) Person. As per the KFS assessment report the northern part of the district were severely affected coupled with cholera outbreak especially in Buna and Gurar hence requires especial intervention in food AID and NFI.