Mongolia is currently experiencing Dzud, local term for extremely low temperatures and heavy snowfalls, which prevents livestock from accessing pasture or from receiving adequate hay and fodder.
The Mongolian Red Cross Society, in cooperation with The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, launched an appeal to deliver assistance and support to the herder population, who are at risk of losing millions of livestock, the only source of food, transport, and income for almost half of the Mongolian population
Since early November 2016, approximately 157,000 (37000 herder households) people across 17 out of 21 provinces in Mongolia have been affected by extreme winter conditions. The emergency plan of action has been developed by MRCS supported by IFRC in consultation with government and international responders.
As of 24th of February, 1740 most vulnerable herder households from 5 most affected provinces of Khuvsgul, Zavkhan, Uvs, Khovd and Selenge have been receiving unconditional cash transfer, 1000 households with the funding of Disaster Relief Emergency Fund and 740 households with the funding of United States Agency for International Development.
The cash grant, MNT 245,000 equal to USD 100, is being implemented through Khan Bank. MRCS has mobilized 110 local volunteers in 55 soums in support and monitoring of the operation.
MRCS has been receiving appreciation calls and messages through line 98-106-106 since the start of the operation. First aid kits will be distributed to herder households after National holiday Tsagaan Sar.