Herders facing winter disaster assisted with 50mn dollars
MRS provided 50 million USD to 4,500 herder families whose livelihoods are at risk from severe winter conditions.
With support from international partners, the Mongolian Red Cross (MRS) provided 1.2 billion MNT or about 50 million USD to 4,500 herder families whose livelihoods are at risk from severe winter conditions. Mongolian children also donated a total of 140 million MNT worth of products which is around 58 thousand USD to nomadic herders affected by the extreme wintry weather known as "dzud." A total of 80 subprovinces in 15 of Mongolia's 21 provinces have been affected by the dzud which is a brutal weather phenomenon in Mongolia where a dry summer followed by a frigid winter kills vast numbers of livestock either by starvation or cold. Last summer, around 70 percent of the Mongolian territory suffered drought and many thousands of herder households did not prepare haycocks. Consequently since the beginning of this year, over 700, 000 animals have died in the country. Nearly 40 percent of the country's nomad population is dependent on animal husbandry and rain-fed agriculture for livelihood.