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Over 600,000 livestock die in cold winter in Mongolia

Over 600,000 livestock die in cold winter in Mongolia

Ulan Bator, Feb 16 (UNI) At least 611,924 heads of livestock have died across Mongolia so far this winter due to the extreme wintry weather known as "dzud," local media reported on Friday, citing the country's State Emergency Commission (SEC).
The dzud is a Mongolian term to describe a severely cold winter when a large number of livestock die because the ground is frozen or covered by snow.
Among the country's 21 provinces, Khentii, Dornod, Sukhbaatar, and Dornogovi in the east, as well as Arkhangai in the central west, registered the highest rates of animal deaths, the SEC said in a statement.
In addition, at least 13,500 herder households have been trapped in the snow, and 38,400 km of roads have been closed due to the snow, it said.
Mongolia, one of the last surviving nomadic countries in the world, has recently elevated its disaster preparedness to high alert due to the harsh winter and the livestock loss.
The number of livestock in Mongolia stood at 64.7 million at the end of 2023, according to the National Statistics Office. UNI/XINHUA XC SY

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