The National Emergency Management Authority has officially declared the winter dzud over; however, spring conditions remained variable and harsh, with snowfall occurring in some parts, and dry conditions anticipated.
The consequences of the recent winter dzud are linked to El Niño, and may negatively impact livestock health and place additional strain on herder households in spring and during the summer months. Average temperatures for May will be higher than average in western territories.
Pasture re-growth is reportedly normal in Khuvsgul, Bulgan, DarkhanUul, Khentii, Dornod, Uvs, Khovd, Govi-Altai, Zavkhan, Arkhangai, Uvurkhangai, Orkhon, Selenge, Tuv and some parts of Umnugovi aimags. However the remaining aimags are experiencing poor to middle levels of renewal.
Response activities are ongoing to address immediate and mediumterm needs. Cash grants and cash-for-work interventions have begun as part of early recovery efforts.
The agriculture sector response is the largest at the current time, supporting some 83,000 herder households with fodder and animal health interventions.
Initial findings from a United Nations monitoring visit indicated that the comprehensive Central Emergency Relief Fund assistance package (which covered food, nutrition, livelihood and livestock needs) has been very well received by target herder households.
Funding from the Asian Development Bank has been secured to address identified gaps in transportation and early recovery response operations including cash grants provision.
225,800 Affected people
11,800 Vulnerable herder households
1.1 million Livestock perished
US$6.36 million Funding received to meet immediate and longer term needs