Mongolia: Extreme Winter Condition Emergency Appeal n° MDRMN005

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This Emergency Appeal seeks CHF 833,945 to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Mongolian Red Cross Society (MRCS) to deliver assistance and support to 25,500 people (5,100 households) for 12 months, with a focus on detailed assessments, food security, nutrition and livelihoods, and community preparedness and risk reduction. The planned response reflects the current situation and information available at this point of the evolving operation, and will be adjusted based on further developments and more detailed assessments. Details are available in the Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA).

The disaster and the Red Cross and Red Crescent response to date

7 December 2015: An Information bulletin was issued highlighting the declining temperature in Mongolia and the potential impact on the herders’ population. The Mongolian government officially declared that “Extreme Winter” conditions now exist in six regions in central and northwest parts of Mongolia. MRCS, with support from IFRC, looked into preparedness and response planning with other partners.

8 January 2016: A second Information bulletin was issued to inform the initial assessments by the government and MRCS request for Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) support from IFRC. The National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA) has reported that snow has covered 90 per cent of the total territory with conditions getting more severe, with 50 soums (districts) are in dzud state and 120 soums are on the edge of entering dzud state. The MRCS national disaster response team (NDRT) members were deployed in December for rapid assessment in two most-affected provinces (Tuv and Arkhangai).

15 January 2016: IFRC allocated CHF 158,459 from DREF to support MRCS in provision of food and unconditional cash grants for 1,500 households affected by dzud, and the mobilization and deployment of 13 NDRT members and one RDRT member.

2 February 2016: In an appeal to the Humanitarian Country Team (HTC) on 2 February, the Mongolian deputy prime minister requested the mobilization international humanitarian assistance in response to the dzud.

29 February 2016: Emergency Appeal launched for CHF 833,945 to provide assistance to 5,100 households (25,500 people).