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04 Oct 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • August was generally dry with the exception of light off-season showers in the mixed farming and rain-fed cropping livelihood zones.
  • Natural vegetation conditions were good across all livelihood zones similar to July

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

Production indicators

04 Oct 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • Rainfall - The long rains season performed above normal and ceased towards the end of May. Light showers were recorded in the third dekad of August coupled with chilly weather condition in all livelihood zones.

  • Vegetation condition:

  • The vegetation greenness as depicted by the vegetation condition index (VCI) is above normal greenness across the county.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

04 Oct 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • In August no rains was recorded and this is normal

  • The vegetation condition was good and above the normal range.

Socio-Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

Production Indicators

  • Crops at the farms were in fair condition and harvesting of the same was on-going though the peak had ended.

04 Oct 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • Rainfall: There was no rainfall received in the month under review across the County. Cumulative rainfall from the onset of the rains to date was 133percent of the normal.

  • Vegetation condition: 3-months Vegetation Condition Index for the month under review was 90.09 hence falls in the above normal vegetation greenness band. Forage condition is good across the livelihood zones.

04 Oct 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • No rains were received in all parts of the County during the reporting month.

  • Vegetation condition; the current three-month Vegetation Condition index for the County showed above normal vegetation greenness.

  • The pasture and browse conditions is fair across the county during the month.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

04 Oct 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • The month of August was generally dry. However, off season showers were received for an average of two days uniformly distributed across the sub counties.
  • The vegetation greenness was above normal in all the livelihood zones.
  • Access to water was fair. Rivers were flowing at normal levels while water holding structures were 50 percent full.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

Production Indicators

04 Oct 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • Dry condition prevailed in first and second dekad followed by erratic rainfall in third dekad in marginal pockets.

  • Slight deterioration was observed in forage condition during the month.

  • Surface water points are diminishing in pastoral areas with water pans holding around 50 – 60 percent of their capacity.

Socio Economic Indicators Details

04 Oct 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • No rainfall was recorded and this is normal at this time of the year.

  • Generally, the vegetation greenness was good and above the normal range countywide.

  • Quantity and quality of Pasture and browse ranged from good to fair across the Mixed farming livelihood zones and was worsening in the Marginal mixed farming livelihood.

04 Oct 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • The county experienced light rains in the highlands of the county. Low temperatures prevailed during the reporting period.
  • The county vegetation condition index was above normal. All the four Sub Counties VCI depicted vegetation greenness above normal.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

Production Indicators

04 Oct 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicator

The County is currently experiencing Normal vegetation conditions in EWS classification.

Rainfall:

  • The county received normal offseasonal showers in this month recording 3.8 mm.

04 Oct 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • The County received off season precipitation during the Month.

  • The vegetation condition Index (VCI-3Month) was showing an decrease of 2percent compared to previous month.

  • The VCI indicated vegetation greenness above normal. The overall drought phase in the county was at Normal in August.

  • Forage condition was good across all livelihoods zones during the month.

04 Oct 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification Biophysical Indicators Rainfall:

  • During the month under review (August), heavy to shallow rainfall spanning 0-7 days was recorded across Laikipia.
    Generally, the rainfall was poorly distributed in terms of time and space.

Vegetation Condition:

  • The Vegetation Condition Index (VCI) is above the normal range for the period, indicating a good state of pasture and browse condition across most areas.

04 Oct 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • All three dekads of the month received normal rainfall.

  • The Vegetation Condition Index (VCI) was above-normal at 59.77.

  • The state of water sources was normal for this time of the year.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

Production indicators

  • Livestock body condition was moderate which was normal for this time of the year.

04 Oct 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • The month of August was characterised by intervals of dry, cloudy, sunny and cold weather condition.

  • No actual rainfall was recorded in all the rain gauge stations in August which made the trend of water sources to reduce although the water level still remained normal compared to the long term average. Vegetation cover across the County was normal but the trend reduced slightly compared to that of the previous month.

04 Oct 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought situation and phase classification

Biophysical Indicators (Environmental indicators)

  • Below normal rains were recorded during the month under review.

  • The state of water sources was normal at this time of the year.

  • The 3-month Vegetation Condition Index (VCI) in August recorded above normal vegetation greenness as compared to the long term mean at this time of the year.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

04 Oct 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • The county received some off-season rains in the last week of August.  Pasture, browse and water situations were above the long term average for similar period of the year.

Production Indicators

  • Livestock body condition was good and stable for all species.

  • Household daily milk production was still below the long term average due to low livestock tropical unit and low calving rate.

04 Oct 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • Rainfall: Lodwar Meteorological station recorded 2 mm amounts of rainfall during the reporting month. However, the county received 37 percent of normal rainfall.

  • State of water sources are within the normal range but declining.

  • Vegetation: The Vegetation Condition Index (VCI) reduced compared to the previous month despite being above normal.

04 Oct 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • There was light showers received in southern part of the county in the 1ST &2nd dekad of the month.

  • The average greenness for the county as per the vegetation condition index for 3 months reduced from 81.83 to 77 but remained in the above normal vegetation greenness.

  • All the sub counties fall in the above normal vegetation greenness

04 Oct 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

Rainfall: minimal rainfall was recorded in both livelihood zones during the month under review. This was normal at this dry season period of the year. The rains were poorly and unevenly distributed in terms of space and time.
Vegetation Condition: The vegetation condition across the livelihood zones remain normal in the current month. Pasture and browse condition range from good to fair across both livelihood zones.

04 Oct 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

Rainfall Report

The county did not receive any rainfall in the month of August, but characterised by cold, windy and cloudy weather in most part of Wajir County.
Vegetation condition: Current VCI in the county showed vegetation greenness above normal with avci score of 76.1 as compared to previous month figure of 75.1, with all livelihood zones showing vegetation greenness above normal.