By Omar Valdimarsson in Mongolia
Droughts last summer, followed by heavy
winter snowfalls and extreme temperatures have led to an ongoing dzud in
Mongolia, especially in two south-western provinces and to a lesser extent
in four others.
A dzud, the accumulation of natural hazards,
including severe drought in summer, unusually cold temperatures in autumn
and winter followed by very heavy snowfall, is unique to Mongolia.
Worst affected is the Gobi Altai province,
where many districts have seen up to 70 per cent of all animals die over