In March/April 2018, Mongolia experienced a “Black Dzud” which is about extreme low temperatures (-50ºC) and harsh wind for 2-3 weeks. Spring storms were severe and hit during traditional nomadic herder migration period leaving many animals freezing and struggling for food. Together with the Mongolian Red Cross World Animal Protection are providing emergency relief packs that include mineral blocks, milk replacement powder and vitamins to 1,000 households in the area of Turgen Soum. Pictured; Mr Tsolmonpureu feeding one of his baby goats.

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Emergency disaster response traditionally prioritises the immediate needs of affected people. However, animals caught in disasters can also suffer from injury, neglect, starvation, disease and ultimately death. This hugely affects a community’s ability to recover in a disaster’s aftermath –especially in areas where people rely on their animals for food, income generation and emotional support.

Alagerdene Otgon looks after her family and 300 livestock (goats, sheep and cattle) as her husband is in hospital. Ms Otgon relies on her animals for meat and milk; she also sells their coats in summertime in the form of cashmere wool. Animals help bring the income allowing her to buy additional goods, send her children to school and pay for medical care. Livestock owners in Mongolia have been suffering from a dzud since 2016 - World Animal Protection has delivered relief packs containing minerals, vitamins and supplments to help 144,420 animals. directly.




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