As reported by xinhuanet.com, extreme wintry weather in Mongolia has killed more than 55,700 livestock animals in the northwestern province of Khuvsgul alone since late 2019.
The deadly spell of cold and snow, otherwise known as a “Zud” or “Dzud” –a Mongolian term for a severe winter in which large number of livestock die, primarily due to starvation due to being unable to graze, in other cases directly from the cold– has been running since late-Nov, 2019, according to Khuvsgul’s provincial agricultural department.
“A total of 55,764 livestock animals have died in 11 soums (an administrative district) of our province since late last year due to the severe wintry weather. Heavy snowfalls have hit the province 16 times since the beginning of November,” the department said in a statement.
The scene is desperate, and encompasses many more provinces than just Khuvsgul.
Snowfall is currently covering 60 percent of Mongolia, and more than 80 soums in 15 provinces are experiencing dzud or near-dzud conditions, according to the country’s National Emergency Management Agency. That number of 56,000 dead livestock can easily be increased by a factor of 10.
Animal husbandry is the backbone of the country’s national economy, reads the xinhuanet.com article, with nearly 40 percent of the nomadic population depending on it for their livelihood.
Unfortunately, the cold times are returning, dzud conditions are only expected to increase, in line with historically low solar activity, cloud-nucleating Cosmic Rays, and a meridional jet stream flow.
NASA has recently revealed this upcoming solar cycle (25) will be “the weakest of the past 200 years,” with the agency correlating previous solar shutdowns to prolonged periods of global cooling here.
Prepare for the COLD — learn the facts, relocate if need be, and grow your own.
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