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Aid Group Warns of Crisis as Mongolia Hit by Harsh Winter

  • Associated Press

FILE - An abandoned dead goat that is part of the livestock of Huyag Tserennyam, a herder, lies on a hill side in the Ulziit district of Bayankhongor in Mongolia, Feb. 17, 2016.

An international aid agency is warning of a potential humanitarian crisis as Mongolia grapples with another unusually harsh winter that's decimating livestock and sending temperatures to minus 56 degrees Celsius (minus 70 Fahrenheit), with worse still to come.

Save the Children said Tuesday that this winter will likely see the extreme Mongolian weather phenomenon known as “dzud,” which typically happens once a decade but could strike for the second consecutive year. The dzud last year killed 1 million animals, affecting the majority of Mongolians who depend on livestock for food, milk and income.

The Mongolian government said last week it met with international organizations including Save the Children, the Red Cross and the United Nations Development Program to discuss efforts to deliver heating, fuel and medical supplies amid “worsening” conditions.

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