ULAN BATOR: Extreme wintry weather, known as “dzud”, has so far killed more than 2.1 million heads of livestock this winter in Mongolia, the State Emergency Commission (SEC) said Tuesday, reported Xinhua.

“As of today, at least 2,136,503 heads of livestock have died due to the dzud across the country,“ the agency said, adding that the figure marks an 85-per cent jump from a year earlier.

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 in snow.

As Mongolia has seen much more snow than usual this winter, over 80 per cent of its territory has so far been blanketed with snow up to 100-cm thick, according to the country’s weather monitoring agency.

As one of the last surviving nomadic countries in the world, Mongolia has recently elevated its disaster preparedness to high alert due to the harsh winter and livestock loss.

The promotion of livestock husbandry is seen as the most viable way to diversify the landlocked country’s mining-dependent economy.

At the end of 2023, the number of livestock in Mongolia stood at 64.7 million, according to the National Statistics Office. - Bernama, Xinhua

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