Mongolia: El Niño kills livestock and deteriorates livelihood

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© FAO/ B. Bat-Erdene (June 2016)

Dundgobi, southeast Mongolia: From late 2015 to April 2016, Mongolia suffered from what is locally known as a dzud – a very hot and dry summer followed by an extremely harsh winter. The result of dzud can be devastating to animals on which many Mongolians rely for food and income. Ganbold, 40, has been looking after animals since he was a small child. This year’s dzud took a heavy toll on his animals, making them weak and prone to disease. "I am usually prepared well for winter and spring,” he says. “But this year the severe cold continued for many days, it was a very difficult time for the animals.”

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