Communities Suffer from Prolonged Harsh Winter
The dzud in Mongolia has killed more than 2.7 million animals, nearly a tenth of the national total, since the end of 2009. Families with fewer than 300 animals are particularly at risk - the relatively small sizes of their herds make each animal loss more devastating, and these herders often have no other useful skills.
Andrew Cullen is a freelance journalist based in Hovd, Mongolia.
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