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    Extreme Mongolia Weather Kills 350,000 Animals

    Hundreds of thousands of animals have died in Mongolia's extreme weather this year but charities say the crisis has gone almost unnoticed by the world.

    More than 350,000 goats, sheep and cows have been killed by a natural phenomenon called "dzud" - a hot summer drought followed by a severe winter.

    The combination means that animals can't graze enough during the warmer months to build up the reserves they need to survive winter temperatures that regularly plunge to -50C.

    For a country where a third of the population rely on livestock to survive, many families are quickly going from affluence to poverty due to the slow-moving disaster.

    The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) launched an appeal for more than $800,000 (552,000) two weeks ago hoping to help 25,000 vulnerable Mongolian herders but less than half of that target has been raised.

    IFRC's East Asia communications delegate Hler Gudjonsson told AFP that the disaster was foreseen last November but it was difficult to "raise funds for something that hasn't happened yet".

    He added: "It's not a tsunami, it's not an earthquake and it's not a sudden disaster. It's a long-term condition and situation, so we don't have a breaking point where we can say, today this happened, and people suddenly need a lot of assistance.

    "We're expecting to see a large number of families who will have lost everything, who will have gone from affluence to utter poverty."

    Most of these people would be forced to move to tent districts on the outskirts of Mongolia's urban areas, living without even the basics and with little or no income.

    Bayankhand Myagmar, 50, has a disabled daughter and ill husband and has lost about 400 of her 700 animals, despite letting the weakest sleep in the family tent.

    She now fears for her family's future, saying: "My husband and I are over 50, so nobody will employ us.

    "We will not find any other jobs, but we are not yet entitled to pensions."

    Extreme Mongolia Weather Kills 350,000 Animals
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    Genghis would surely know how to handle the situation.

    I once fantasized about living in a yurt snuggled between to nubile klan girls under snow leopard pelt skins with the snow lightly falling on the vast wind swept steppes of Outer Mongolia. I was living in So Lake Tahoe that winter. I would put down the pipe and fall to sleep.

    I've never made the trip to Mongolia...and probably never will. I know longer own a proper winter coat and gave away my Sorel boots. Those girls are certainly safe from my fantasies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeeCoffee
    I once fantasized about living in a yurt snuggled between to nubile klan girls under snow leopard pelt skins with the snow lightly falling on the vast wind swept steppes of Outer Mongolia
    Mods can you please delete this thread before Genghis Boo regales us all of his Mongolian adventure yet again

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    I've never heard it !


    Very sad happening above, btw.

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    ^You'll hear it soon enough, it's like something out of a james Bond movie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger
    Mods can you please delete this thread before Genghis Boo regales us all of his Mongolian adventure yet again


    Don't worry Latindancer, I wrote it down in an 85,000 word epic novel about ten years ago; I'm sure I can cut and paste some extracts for you!

    Now, this story is tragic:

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    More than 350,000 goats...have been killed by a natural phenomenon called "dzud"
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    BB, Could you possibly post a link to this story ? Necron's saga was great !

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    That's a lot of sick buffaloes...

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    I have just finished reading the Tim Cope Aussie adventure book on living with Mongolians " On the trail of Genghis Kahn"
    It is also available on YouTube " On the trail of Genghis Kahn" filmed by Geographic Society.
    Tim explains this winter freeze.

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    Poor buffalo are stiff as boards...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaitongBoy
    Poor buffalo are stiff as boards...
    I'll send them a pic of my ex missus, problem solved

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