A Mongolian sheep herder with his herd © 123RF
A Mongolian sheep herder with his herd © 123RF

Millions of dollars pledged to tackle 'dzud' threat to Mongolian herders

13 April 2016

Mongolian sheep herders whose animals are starving following the unusual weather conditions known in Mongolia as a “dzud” are to receive $2m in aid from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

A dzud occurs when dry summer weather is followed by a freezing winter, making it impossible for many animals to graze. The current dzud is the first since 2009-10 and has so far led to the deaths of around 670,000 animals.

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