The NDMA Resilience Newsletter provides updates on ongoing drought response interventions in ASAL counties.
Download the November 2016 newsletter
The drought early warning system managed by National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) assesses severity of drought and its impact through use of a combination of remote-sensed data (Vegetation Condition Index) and social economic data to determine the drought phase/status. VCI communicates the state/condition of vegetation cover, comparing it with the range of values observed in the same period in previous years. It does not measure the biomass of pasture but is a relative measurement that compares the greenness recorded in a specific area (in this case a sub-county) for a particular month with the historical greenness for the same month and geographical area to highlight any anomaly from a normal situation.
As forecast, the short rains season has started late. No county received normal rainfall in October. The prolonged dry conditions have reduced still further the availability of water and the quantity and quality of forage. Several counties are now severely water stressed.
Download the detailed November 2016 national drought early warning bulletin.