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Marsabit County: Drought Early Warning Bulletin for September 2021

Govt. Kenya
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Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

Rainfall: In the month under review, off-season rains were received in few pockets across the County in 1-2 rainy days. Probabilities of forecasted standard precipitation index ranged between 25-30 percent which is above the usual chance of 16 percent.

Vegetation condition: 3-months Vegetation Condition Index for the month under review was 36.38 (normal greenness) across the county.

Socio-Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

Production indicators: Livestock body condition was fair-poor in all the livelihood zones. Milk production was significantly below the short term average. Livestock migrated to the dry season grazing areas. Livestock deaths due to drought especially amongst small stock and cattle were recorded in few hotspots areas. Livestock disease incidences increased in all the species. Livestock mortality cases was at 8 percent.

Access indicators: Household and livestock water distances remarkably increased across the County and were above normal. Milk consumption was below the short-term average and terms of trade declined and was below normal especially in the pastoral livelihood zone. Maize prices were above average while goat prices were below normal.

Utilization indicators: Household food consumption score shifted to the borderline food consumption category while households applied frequent and severe coping mechanisms to cope with existing short term food consumption gaps at the household level. Trends in SFP admission increased (wasting) while there was a slight decrease in OTP admissions across the County. Admissions are generally on an increasing trend.