West Pokot County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for September 2015


Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • No significant rainfall was received in the county during the month under review except in the highlands that had a temporal distribution of 3 to 4 days only in 30 days measured. For instance, the rainfall recorded at Nasukuta rainfall station was only 8% of what is normally received during the month of September.

  • The condition of vegetation (canopy species) was fair as evidenced by the VCI-3month of 47.55.However that of Pokot north and central deteriorated drastically.

  • Most surface water sources dried up except a few pans along the pastoral zone.

Socio-Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

  • All the access indicators except the terms of trade remained outside the normal range.

  • Browse condition was fair to poor countywide, on the other hand, pasture remained depleted in several sites across the county. The body condition of cattle was fair to poor across all livelihood zones with the trekking distance to water sources further stretched.

  • Malnutrition levels were on the rise with MUAC falling far above the normal range for the period. The CSI too increased and fell outside the normal range.