Wajir District: Drought Monthly Bulletin, December 2007


District situation overview:

- There was no rainfall during the month under review with a mean temperature of over 35.0 C, indicating the onset of the dry season and end of short rain season.

- Availability of milk have improved slightly owing to improved pastures generated in the last rain season and the price of the milk per 750mm bottle reduced to Kshs 35 from kshs 60 /= in Wajir town and as low as 22 kshs in the rural areas, especially in areas like sarman,khorof harar,bute,danaba and Arbajahan.

- Pasture condition is fair to good in most parts of the district especially in the northern part of the District dams have dried up experiencing acute shortage of water resulting in water tracking in areas like Gunana,burmayo,Qudama,lekole north,Tarbaj and Anole.

- Relief food distribution by WFP (GFD) is on going until February 2008 but the target beneficiary have been reduced to 38 % district wide. The total population target in the Greater Wajir district is 148,898 persons.Re-targating according to the severity in terms of Food stress as per division have been done by DSG with Hadado being 11,187 persons Griftu 23,818 Habaswein 16,045 Kutulo 18,225 Eldas 4,917 Buna 13,558 Gurar 7,331 Bute 5,952 Wajir Bor 9,145 Tarbaj 10,581 Diif 8,858 Sabuli11,948 Central 7,333 persons are benefiting from the on- going relief distribution.

- The top morbity and mortality diseases remain as Malaria, URTI, Diarrhoeal diseases and Malnutrition. Cases of diarrhoeal diseases due to poor sanitation have been reported, mosquito menace is also at climax and a case of clinical malaria is high as reported in many of the health facilities.

- There was no major case of insecurity reported during the month while the general election have been concluded but political tension is still high ranging from the local scenario to the national level. During the election period constituency election peace committee have been formed to over see that the activities be conducted in a peace full atmosphere.

- Prices of animals like cattle and camel have reduced at the local market while the prices of goats have increased.

- Crops like maize and Sorghum have been planted especially in agro-pastoral areas like Bute, Gurar and Danaba areas and are still doing well despite infestation birds and weevils.

- Infestation of locust have been spotted especially in areas bordering Mandera District, they are flying over, causing little destruction while the habitual environment is not conducive for survival, cross border surveillance have been enhanced and relevant intervention were put in place.

- Post election euphoria is experienced in the District and mass destruction of property and loss of life have been reported in the country resulting in acute shortage of basic needs like food and fuel in the transport sector.