Severe winter devastates Mongolian herder families

Severe winter devastates Mongolian herder families
16 April 2010

A particularly severe winter in Mongolia is having a devastating impact on more than 12,000 people from herding families, whose entire reserves of livestock have died in the harsh conditions.

These livestock are the primary source of income and food for nomadic families, and as a result thousands are struggling to survive. The impact on the country’s vital livestock reserves has increased dramatically in the past month. In March, the government reported the overall number of deceased animals increased from one million to 4.5 million in less than a month, and now stands at approximately 10 per cent of the country’s total livestock.

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