Risk of black zud arises in some regions in Mongolia
Black zud is a situation where herders lose livestock due to lack of snowfall, and ‘hoof’ zud refers to extreme damage to livestock grazing areas due to over-flow of livestock migration.
Zud is a winter disastrous natural phenomenon. With around 40 percent snow cover on the national level, meteorologists warn about the possibility of black and ‘hoof’ zud in some parts of the country. Black zud is a situation where herders lose livestock due to lack of snowfall, and ‘hoof’ zud refers to extreme damage to livestock grazing areas due to over-flow of livestock migration. “Herders are engaging heavily in winter camping and migration due to lack of pasturelands as about 70 percent of the territory were under drought last summer,” said Sarantuya, expert at the National Agency for Meteorology and Environmental Monitoring (NAMEM). The NAMEM has detected high risks of zud in the western and central territory of Mongolia. The meteorologist also touched upon weather forecast for the rest of the winter, noting that January is the coldest month of Mongolian winter. It has been forecasted that temperature will drop slightly lower than the multi-year average in the north-eastern region, especially central and eastern region parts of the country in January.