National Drought Early Warning Bulletin (August 2022) – Kenya
The drought situation continued to worsen in twenty (20) of the 23 ASAL counties. This is attributed to the poor performance of the long rains of 2021 coupled with the previous three consecutive failed seasons. The number of people in need of assistance is expected to rise to 4.35 million by October 2022 if the short rainy season is below average. Seven (7) counties namely; Isiolo, Mandera, Samburu, Turkana, Wajir, Laikipia and Marsabit are in drought alarm phase while thirteen (13) counties including Embu, Garissa, Kajiado, Kitui, Makueni, Meru,
Narok, Nyeri, Tharaka Nithi, Taita Taveta, Tana River, Kwale and Kilifi are in drought alert phase.
The remaining three (3) counties including Baringo, West Pokot and Lamu are in normal drought phase. Acute malnutrition was also noted in the counties with 884,464 cases of children aged 6-59 months suffering from acute malnutrition and 115,725 cases of pregnant or lactating women suffering from acute malnutrition and requiring treatment.
July Rainfall Performance
Several parts of the ASALs remained relatively dry in July. Several parts of the ASAL counties experienced below average rainfall (less than 75mm of precipitation). The pastoral departments of the North-East (PNE) including; Mandera, Wajir,
Isiolo, Tana River and parts of Garissa received between 151mm.