West Pokot County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for May 2016

Situation Report
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Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • Rainfall was received during the first and second dekad of the month with cessation being witnessed during the third dekad. For instance, rainfall received in Nasukuta was 138 percent of the normal with a temporal distribution of fourteen days. The distribution in space was relatively good.

  • The condition of vegetation improved significantly during the month as evidenced by the shift in vegetation condition index (VCI-3month) from 41.83 in April to 59.58.

  • Forage condition is good across all livelihood zones.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

  • The current condition of maize is fair with livestock exhibiting a normal body condition. Milk production quantity was on the rise falling within the normal range for the month. Neither was there any migration (in and out) taking place nor livestock deaths attributed to drought during the month under review.

  • All access indicators were within the normal range with distance to water sources greatly reduced except for milk consumption quantities that were slightly low.

  • Proportion of children ‘at risk’ of malnutrition decreased and remained within the normal range with the CSI also falling within the normal range for the month.