Revisiting animals and people we helped in Mongolia’s 2010 disaster

21. August 2013
By | Source: WSPA - Animals in Disasters Blog

Odkhvu’s eyes darkened as he recalled the terrible winter of 2010 when he and his wife lost over 90% of their animals. “The dzud was very bad that year and we lost 550 of our 600 animals, mostly sheep and goats”. Odkhvu, Erdendelai, Dundgovi, Mongolia. July 2013 Dzuds happen roughly every decade or so in Mongolia and are a phenomenon when a summertime drought is followed by an extremely cold or snowy winter. Animals, unable to pack on fat reserves during the drought are left weakened and unhealthy. When winter arrives, bringing temperatures as low as -40C or deep snows,…

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