Dzud Response 2016


  • Since January, 1.1 million of the total 56 million national livestock have perished, affecting 41 per cent of the population who rely on livestock for their main source of food and cash.
  • National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has confirmed 6,426 new cases of sheep pox in 37 soums and six aimags this year. Quarantine measures are in place in 16 soums and five aimags. As of 6 June, 314,886 animals have been vaccinated, 78% of the 430,000 livestock targeted for vaccination.
  • The survival rate of new born livestock is currently at 97.7 per cent nationally. However, many herder households are struggling to recover from the dzud as a result of high livestock losses, livelihood strain and eroded coping mechanisms.
  • Initial United Nations Central Emergency Relief Fund monitoring findings show the comprehensive assistance package (which covered food, nutrition, livelihood and livestock/agricultural needs) was efficiently delivered to 4,390 households and was appropriate to the needs of vulnerable herders.
  • Monitoring findings also show the cash grants were used to buy clothes, medicine, fuels (coal and firewood), cell phone credits, infant formula and pay off outstanding debts to local grocery stores.
  • Proposed revisions to the national Disaster Prevention Act will be introduced to parliament after the June election. Lessons from the response will be applied to supporting guidelines to strengthen future implementation.

225,800 Affected people
11,800 Vulnerable herder households
1.1 million Livestock perished
US$6.36 million Funding received to meet immediate and longer term needs

Key Response Documents:

Office of the Resident Coordinator Situation Report No. 3

Regional El Nino Overview – June 2016

Office of the Resident Coordinator Situation Report No. 2

Speech by UN RC: Mongolia Humanitarian Forum

Office of the Resident Coordinator-Situation Report No. 1

Mongolia HCT Dzud Response and Preparedness Plan

HCT Dzud Response Snapshot

Press Release Herders receive humanitarian assistance to survive harsh conditions

Press Release- UN Mongolia Assistance to Herders

Mongolia: Dzud Preparedness Snapshot

Press Release- UN kick starts response to dzud affected populations in Mongolia.

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