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19 Apr 2015 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • No rainfall over March 2015. The drought condition is severe in pastoral livelihood zone.

  • Pasture condition worsened. Current Vegetation condition Index (VCI) was 11. This indicates severe drought conditions. Current VCI declined by a value of 10 compared to 21 (February 2015).

19 Apr 2015 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical indicators show unusual fluctuations outside expected seasonal ranges. The three Vegetation Condition Index (VCI) for the entire county is 19.43 indicating severe drought. In Marginal mixed farming livelihood zone, though some improvement in pasture condition is expected following the onset of the long rains the VCI values for Mwingi Central and Mwingi North Sub Counties remained low at 7.4 & 12.7 respectively.

19 Apr 2015 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical indicators declined sharply this month. Rainfall onset was late by more than a week. River volumes declined significantly in the Agro-pastoral livelihood forcing most households to rely on water vendors. Few strategic boreholes were functioning in this zone forcing livestock to concentrate around Elat and Kina-nduba springs. Vegetation conditions deteriorated sharply across all livelihood zones. Pastures in the grazing areas in the Agro-pastoral livelihood were poor both in quality and quantity.

19 Apr 2015 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

Some rains were received at the last week of the month under review.

Pasture and browse conditions continued to deteriorate.

17 Apr 2015 description

Soon after the birth of her second child, a daughter she named Neema, Tabu Kalama found herself homeless and with no regular income. Ms Kalama had no option but to sleep with her newborn daughter and her 18-month old son in the meagre shelter of palm trees near the beach in Kilifi, in eastern Kenya.

It was June, among the coolest and wettest months there. “I was so worried that the baby would fall sick, and there was nothing that I could do,” Kalama says.

17 Apr 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

22,798 Identified unaccompanied minors Households provided with cash grants in year 2014

187,880 NFIs distributed since January

184 Shelters distributed since January

17 Apr 2015 description

KEY FIGURES

654,215 South Sudanese Refugees (total)

522,812 New arrivals (since 15 Dec. 2013)

131,403 Old caseload (before 15 Dec. 2013)

259,232 Refugees in South Sudan

1.5 M Internally Displaced People (IDPs)

17 Apr 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Government of Kenya calls for the closure of Dadaab refugee camp following terrorist attack in Garissa.

  • Fighting resumes in South Sudan as peace talks stall yet again.

  • Over 20,000 South Sudanese refugees received in neighbouring countries since February 2015.

  • Food security expected to deteriorate from April - June 2015 in most countries in the region.

  • More than 6,500 Burundian refugees flee tensions in Burundi ahead of June 2015 presidential elections.

17 Apr 2015 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

The National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) has announced that Sh400 million has been released to fight hunger in four counties.

The emergency cash transfers were released under the Hunger Safety Net Programme (HSNP) and will benefit more than 90,000 families.

The vulnerable households targeted are in Marsabit, Wajir, Mandera and Turkana counties, according to NDMA.

17 Apr 2015 description

The Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya has been home to more than 350,000 refugees who have sought refuge for over two decades and have continued to enjoy an accommodative asylum space. The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) urges the Kenyan government to reconsider its announcement that the Dadaab camp should be closed within three months and the camp be relocated to Somalia.

17 Apr 2015 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary

  • In partnership with Kenya Red Cross, Mr Nyambok said, the county will also provide locals with chemicals to treat their drinking water.

  • As a result, Kenya Red Cross Western Coordinator Emmanuel Owako said they have stocked health facilities in these areas with drugs to manage the situation.

  • Kenya Red Cross officials said more were likely to suffer should rivers continue breaching banks in the county because the capacity of their rescue centres is small.

17 Apr 2015 description

Belg rainfall remains delayed in Ethiopia, dryness worsens in Malawi and Mozambique

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Rainfall continues to be below-average across several local areas of southwestern and east-central Ethiopia. Further delay of rainfall during April is likely to adversely affect cropping activities for several Belgproducing areas.

17 Apr 2015 description
  • Food security and nutrition in the Horn of Africa remains fragile with high vulnerability persisting in arid and semi-arid lands. Frequent natural and man-made disasters continue to erode the income earning assets of poor families.

  • The number of South Sudanese refugees crossing into Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda is still rising. The region is also home to close to 1 million refugees from Somalia, while the internal displacement of 1.5 million people remains a constant challenge.

16 Apr 2015 description

Refugees in Kenya need assistance and a safe place to stay

Calls by Kenyan officials to close Dadaab refugee camp, in northeastern Kenya, within three months and forcibly return its residents to Somalia would have dramatic and life-threatening consequences for hundreds of thousands of people, warns the international medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) today.

16 Apr 2015 description

In recent years, a spate of attacks has destabilised a swathe of Kenya’s peripheral counties as well as bringing terror to its capital, Nairobi. As violent insecurity spreads, it has fomented fear and stoked ethnic and regional divisions, precipitating security crackdowns and roiling the country’s infamously tumultuous politics.

16 Apr 2015 description

Minister Yelich delivers Canadian statement at United Nations Security Council open debate on sexual violence in conflict

April 15, 2015 - New York City, New York - Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

The Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular), on behalf of the Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced an additional $5.5 million to fight sexual and gender-based violence.

16 Apr 2015 description

Regional mixed migration summary for March 2015 covering mixed migration events, trends and data for Djibouti, Eritrea, South Sudan, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Puntland, Somalia, Somaliland and Yemen.

Terminology: Throughout this report the term migrant/refugee is used to cover all those involved in the mixed migration flows (including asylum seekers, trafficked persons, smuggled economic migrants, refugees). If the case load mentioned refers only to refugees or asylum seekers or trafficked persons it will be clearly stated