More than 350,000 farm animals have already perished in a slow-moving natural disaster in Mongolia, the Red Cross said Friday.
Mongolia has been hit by a devastating “dzud” – a hot summer drought followed by a severe winter.
During a dzud, goats, sheep and cows die en masse, having been unable to find enough to eat in the summer to enable them to withstand winter temperatures that regularly drop to -50 C (-58 F).
More than a million farm animals are expected to die, according to the latest available data from the UN mission in the country, IFRC said.
“This winter is the harshest I have experienced,” said Bayankhand Myagmar, 50, who has already lost 400 of her 700 animals.
The loss of their livelihoods forces most nomads to move to tent (ger) districts on the outskirts of Mongolia’s urban centers, living without basic infrastructure and little or no income.
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“Food shortages coming soon,” says George.