Mongolia experiencing dzud (mass death of livestock)

Snow covers 90 percent of Mongolia with conditions getting more severe, ReliefWeb reports.

20 Jan 2016 –  The country has experienced very low temperatures and heavy snowfall since early-November 2015, locally named dzud (or jute, mass deaths of livestock in winter). 

Based on the latest report from the Mongolian government, 50 districts in 16 provinces are currently categorized as experiencing dzud, while 120 districts in 20 provinces are on the edge of entering dzud condition.

Some local governments have already declared dzud as part of the early warning and preparedness measures.

Continuous snowfall is expected in the coming weeks, with daytime temperatures an average of below -25C (-13°F) and -38C (-36°F) at night.

These conditions will further affect more than 965,000 people, especially vulnerable herders in the affected districts.

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for this link

“The leading Mongolia news website UB Post does not mention this news,” says Argiris. “Their whole country is in a terrible deep freeze for several months now , but they keep silent about it. I think that is crazy, The weather has become politics.”

10 thoughts on “Mongolia experiencing dzud (mass death of livestock)”

  1. More news about the dzud: Red Cross Red Crescent launches Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support Mongolian herders facing severe winter. Published: 19 January 2016
    The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has released 158,000 Swiss francs (157,686 US dollars) from its Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to assist 1,500 herder families (7,500 people) in Mongolia who are at risk of losing all their livestock to extreme sub-zero temperatures and heavy snowfall.
    Based on the latest assessment report released by the Mongolian Government in early January 2016, 50 soums (districts) in 16 aimags (provinces) are currently categorized as being affected by dzud (the Mongolian term for severe winter conditions), while 120 soums in 20 provinces are facing a winter situation that is very close to dzud.
    Snowfall and snowstorms are expected to continue unabated in the coming weeks with average temperatures of below -25 degrees Celsius during the day and around -40 degrees at night. This will potentially affect more than 965,000 people, especially vulnerable herders. The herders, most of whom are now facing difficult weather conditions and shortage of hay and fodder, are expected to start losing their livestock in the coming weeks. In order to obtain cash to buy food, hay and other necessities many herders have started selling their animals before they perish in the severe weather. However, the oversupply of livestock resulted in very low market prices, forcing herders to sell at abnormally unfavourable prices. This situation will have the worst consequences for vulnerable families with smaller herds.

  2. January 20, 2016 North Korea’s day of the ‘Big Cold’ lives up to reputation. PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — The date known on traditional calendars as the day of the “Big Cold” lived up to its reputation Wednesday in North Korea.
    The country has been hit by a severe cold wave sending temperatures plummeting to minus 16 degrees Celsius (3 Fahrenheit) — or about minus 24 (minus 11 F) when the wind chill is calculated.
    Wednesday was the coldest day of the year so far, though forecasters said the worst may be yet to come.
    Some pedestrians in the capital Pyongyang walked backward to avoid facing into the biting wind.
    North Korea’s power shortages mean that few public buildings, homes, offices or even hospitals have much heating, so it is hard to escape the cold, particularly in the countryside and in rural areas.
    Getting from place to place also means walking or riding a bicycle for most people, so thermal underwear, multiple layers, big coats, furry hats and hoods, scarves and gloves to cover any remaining exposed skin are everyday necessities.
    North Koreans are accustomed to the severity of their winters — and often take pride in how hardy they are to endure it — but this week’s cold snap has been worse than usual.
    “This kind of cold can come once or twice a year,” said Ri Yong Nam, from North Korea’s State Hydro-Meteorological Agency. “. It seems that the “Taehan” (big cold) has not forgotten and now it’s here.”

  3. Yes, the weather has become politics. On the wonderful BBC website they’re harping on about global temperatures in 2015 being the warmist since records began. Not one mention of the fact that many people and animals are dying of cold in other parts of the world. It’s disgusting!

    • It’s very easy for the Met Office to crow about every increasing temperatures by small fractions of a degree, when the county’s climate benefits from the Atlantic drift, and being on the warm and wet side of the Meridional Atlantic jet stream for most of the year. In winter this equates to being in a 300 mile wide blast of warm air at 12C, 24 hrs of the day.

      But for the jet stream and its westerly’s and the Atlantic drift ( Gulf Stream) we would share the same climate as Labrador, at the same latitude. Brass Monkey Cold!

  4. Tunisia: The roads still blocked by the snowfall of the last 3 days are primarily located in the governorates of Beja, Kef and Siliana. This was announced Monday, January 18, 2016, on Mosaique FM, by Chibani Khalifa, Information Officer at the direction of the National Guard, adding that the roads affected by the accumulation of snow are at Aouled Slama and the delegation of El Ksour (Kef), the GP 4 in Siliana and the road linking the area of Ain Younes to GP5 in the governorate of Beja.
    Mr. Chibani urged users to be vigilant and avoid taking these roads as a precaution.

  5. re the hottest evah crap
    yeah will steffen here in aus near wetting himself in glee at radio spots today
    golly a whopping…..16 of one degree fakery
    woe is us woe is us
    bloody stupid git.

    re the mongolian weather
    well for them after what 4+ yrs now of this huge cold/snow n anmimal deaths
    maybe they see it as Normal and not worth reporting anymore?
    I just feel so sorry for the poor animals who cant get away and find safe spots or food..the people, sort of..have options.

  6. what the HELL would it take – the deaths of 1 billion or more people when we hit that 9 stories of snow per day for them to mention this???? They are criminal!!

    yeaugh blame those IDIOTS who told the world that it would never snow again 16 years ago!!

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