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Mongolia: Snowstorm: 2000/02 Country Information on DRR

Period 2000/02
Country or District Mongolia
Event Type Snowstorm
Outline Throughout January 2000 the southern and western provinces of Mongolia suffered from unusually severe blizzards and heavy snowstorms. According to data issued by the Mongolian Government on 1 February, 381,394 heads of cattle, sheep and goats in nine provinces were killed by the snowstorms.
Human Impact Physical Impact Others
OCHA Situation Report No. 4 2000/02/23
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) reports that some 238,000 people in 11 aimags are affected by the food shortages in the immediate term, and by the loss of their livelihood in the longer term.
To date, very limited information has been obtained about the human impact of the disaster. However, it can be expected that the loss of animals will not only lead to a decrease of income of herders and their families but also to an increase in maternal and child morbidity, to outbreaks of disease and to malnutrition. In addition, the loss of animals has had a deep psychological impact on the people.
According to data made available by the Government on 23 February, the number of dead horses, cattle, sheep, goats and camels has increased to 836,100.
OCHA Situation Report No. 3 2000/02/17
According to data made available by the Mongolian Government today, 680,000 heads of cattle, sheep, goats, horses and camels were killed by the snowstorms. Many herders have lost 60 to 70 per cent of their livestock. In some provinces, a number of herders lost 98 per cent of their cattle.

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United Nations Disaster Management Team(UNDMT)
United Nations Inter-Agency Appeal for Mongolia Dzud 2000

OCHA Situation Report No.7 2000/04/03

United Nations Development Programme- Disaster Relief

OCHA Situation Report No.6 2000/03/15

IFRC 2000/03/09

OCHA Situation Report No. 5 2000/03/02

IFRC 2000/02/25

OCHA Situation Report No. 4 2000/02/23

AFP 2000/02/23

IFRC 2000/02/22

OCHA Situation Report No. 3 2000/02/17
The situation is expected to deteriorate further in many areas, and the disastrous conditions may well continue to prevail throughout the second quarter of the year.

AFP 2000/02/16
The Mongolian economy is facing disaster from heavy snow combined with a fodder shortage which has killed more than half a million cattle.

OCHA Situation Report No. 2 2000/02/14

OCHA Situation Report No. 1 2000/02/10
381,394 heads of livestock were killed by the snowstorms. Livestock are the main source of income in the affected areas and there is growing concern about the impact of the snowstorms on human life.

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OCHA-Geneva Contributions Report

Japanese Red Cross Society
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IFRC Report 2000/02/25
Contributions: For further information, please contact Marcel Fortier, Desk Officer, on +41 22 730 4268 (e‐mail:

OCHA Situation Report No. 2 2000/02/14
OCHA is prepared to serve as channel for cash contributions to be used for immediate relief assistance, in coordination/consultation with relevant organizations in the United Nations system. Funds should be transferred to OCHA account No. CO-590.160.0, Swift code: UBSWCHY12A at the UBS AG, P.O. Box 2770, CH-1211 Geneva 2, with reference: OCHA - Mongolia - Snowstorms. OCHA provides donors with written confirmation and pertinent details concerning the utilization of the funds contributed.

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