posted on Feb, 8 2010 @ 06:08 AM
One of the toughest people, the Mongolians who are used to harsh winters are now being overcome with the severity of the icy temperatures; and for
what could be one of the first times, their whole way of life is facing uncertainty.
Over 20 thousand of their animals are dying in the harsh cold. This is their life, and their livestock.
Families are bringing what animals they have left into their huts to keep them warm.
One third of the population of Mongolia lead nomadic lives and depend entirely on livestock for a living. Their cattle, sheep, goats, horses and
camels are the main household asset and are perishing from cold, exhaustion or starvation. Total economic losses so far are estimated at $62
Local experts have told many News channels that the whole countries livestock could be wiped out, and the red cross are fearing for the life's of
people in the mountain, One tribe have not been heard from since November,
Our hay is all gone now. As our goats die we sell the hides and buy more fodder, but it only lasts a few days," Suon said.
It's called the 'Dzud' - a multiple disaster with a summer drought followed by one of the coldest winters on record.
It has left millions of livestock dying from a combination of exhaustion and starvation - some herders report that their cattle perish at the rate of
50 a night."
The president of Mongolia has now asked the UN for help, fearing that his people will not make it.
In the wake of other natural disasters I fear that these people may be overlooked.
It would be very sad to see this way of life ended.
My thoughts are with all these families who are struggling at this time.
It seems this winter really has been one for the records....
(Thank you "ElectricUniverse" for helping correct some errors)
[edit on 9-2-2010 by asala]