Ulaanbaatar, January 24, 2017; Harsh winter conditions are severely impacting herders and their livestock in the Northern part of Mongolia. In response to the deteriorating situation, the United Nations has allocated $1.1 million through its Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to launch a rapid humanitarian response and provide life-saving assistance.
Across the country, 157,000 people (37,000 herder households) in 17 out of 21 provinces in Mongolia are affected with 8,000 households in urgent need of support.
￼Since January, 1.1 million of the total 56 million ￼￼national livestock have perished, affecting 41 per ￼cent of the population who rely on livestock for their ￼main source of food and cash.
National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has confirmed 6,426 new cases of sheep pox in 37 soums and six aimags this year. Quarantine measures are in place in 16 soums and five aimags. As of 6 June, 314,886 animals have been vaccinated, 78% of the 430,000 livestock targeted for vaccination.
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.
Mongolia Humanitarian Forum
International Humanitarian Relief & Collaboration for Dzud affected Herders
Remarks by Ms. Beate Trankmann, UN Resident Coordinator in Mongolia
Humanitarian Partners, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,
As Mongolia transitions to spring, 20 per cent of the country still has snow cover with 23 districts (soums) in six provinces (aimags) experiencing white dzud or nearly white dzud conditions.
Conditions remain unseasonably cold and there are concerns of an iron dzud emerging in some parts.
858,153 camels, horses, cows, sheep and goats have so far perished as a result of harsh conditions; 9,115 from disease.
Ulaanbaatar, 15 March 2016: The United Nations in Mongolia is scaling up its emergency response to address the urgent needs of populations affected by the harsh winter locally known as dzud. These interventions, amounting to $2.4 million, are funded by the UN Central Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) under the rapid response window.
(amended 15 May, 2001)
The total number of animal losses as of 25th April, 2001 are 2,165,568. Its worth noting that this information is only collected from the worst affected counties, or 192 counties from a total of 348.
The highest death rates for livestock were recorded in Gobi-Sumber, Zavkhan, Huvsgul and Tov which lost between 13% and 33% of their herds. Dornogobi, Arkhangai, Sukhbaatar, Khentii, Bulgan and Uvurhangai lost between 6 - 10% of their herds.
See related site for interactive version of the map depicting livestock lost during the winter disaster.
The United Nations and Government of Mongolia today launched an international appeal for assistance for herder families stricken by a second consecutive winter disaster. As many as 6 million head of livestock - about 20% of the national herd - could perish during the next four months due to severe winter conditions coming at the heels of prolonged drought in the summer of 2000 and another winter disaster during 1999-2000.
On Tuesday morning, 16 January 2001, the Prime Minister of Mongolia Mr. N. Enkhbayar, along with three Cabinet members, visited the UN Mongolia office to express their personal grief and extend condolences on behalf of the Government to the family and loved ones of the deceased.
On 16 January 2001 the State Emergency Commission of Mongolia organized a briefing for the international and national media on helicopter accident (MIAT MI-8) at the Ministry of External Affairs.
The United Nations in Mongolia is deeply sorrowed over the tragic loss of our four staff members in a helicopter crash on Sunday, 14 January 2001 while participating in a UN disaster mission. Their committed and enthusiastic contributions to the development of Mongolia and their great friendship and generosity towards their colleagues will be always cherished and remembered.
The United Nations in Mongolia announces with deep sorrow tragic human casualties in a helicopter crash on Sunday, 14 January 2001. This aircraft of MIAT, the national airline, was carrying United Nations Disaster Assessment & Coordination (UNDAC) team members and persons from Mongolian organizations in Malchin soum of Uvs aimag.
December 11, 2000 - A national seminar to review the lessons learnt from the natural disaster that struck Mongolia during the winter of 1999-2000 was held in the Government House of Mongolia on 8 December 2000. The disaster brought severe winter conditions - termed dzud in Mongolian - to large parts of Mongolia following drought in many areas during the summer of 1999. The result was that more than 2 million head of livestock perished, almost 8 percent of the entire herd. In terms of livestock deaths, it was the worst disaster to hit Mongolia in more than 30 years.