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March 10, 2010
Mongolia's worst winter in 30 years
Mongolia is experiencing one of the worst winters in 30 years. Presently the government has declared an emergency requiring foreign aid to alleviate the impact of the "Zud" (Mongolian term for a multiple natural disaster) caused by bitter cold and thick snow. Recently, the UN allocated $3.7 million for humanitarian assistance to Mongolia from its Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). Currently 1.5 million goats, 921,000 sheep, 169,000 cows and yaks, 89,000 horses and 1,500 camels have died according to the various UN agency reports. (18 images)

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A Mongolian man looks out from a frosty window riding on a city bus March 5, in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia. Getty Images / Paula Bronstein


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Mongolian men keep warm by a fire working collecting and recycling at a dump on March 5, in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia. Working at the garbage dump means extreme hardship, long hours outside in frigid temperatures dropping below -25C in the Winter as Mongolia experienced one of their worst Winters in 30 years. Getty Images / Paula Bronstein



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A Mongolian man breaks apart a light working collecting and recycling at a dump on March 5, in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia. Getty Images / Paula Bronstein



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Mongolians work collecting and recycling at a dump keeping warm by a fire on March 5, in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia. Getty Images / Paula Bronstein



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Mongolian men wear head lamps collecting and recycling after sunset at a dump on March 5, in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia. Getty Images / Paula Bronstein



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Mongolians work collecting and recycling at a dump on March 5, in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia. Working at the garbage dump means extreme hardship, long hours outside in frigid temperatures dropping below -25C in the Winter as Mongolia experienced one of their worst Winters in 30 years. Getty Images / Paula Bronstein



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A Mongolian woman drags garbage to a truck working collecting and recycling at a dump on March 5, in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia. Getty Images / Paula Bronstein



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Mongolians work collecting and recycling at a dump on March 5, in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia. Getty Images / Paula Bronstein



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Mongolians work collecting and recycling at a dump on March 5, in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia. Working at the garbage dump means extreme hardship, long hours outside in frigid temperatures dropping below -25C in the Winter as Mongolia experienced one of their worst Winters in 30 years. Getty Images / Paula Bronstein



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Mongolians work collecting and recycling at a dump on March 5, in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia. Getty Images / Paula Bronstein



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Turu, a Mongolian worker collapses after having a serious seizure while working collecting and recycling the garbage at a dump on March 5, in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia. Getty Images / Paula Bronstein



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A Mongolian herder rides his horse along the frozen landscape on March 8, in Bayantsogt, Tuv province, Mongolia. Getty Images / Paula Bronstein



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A Mongolian herder and his child walk into their Ger, a traditional nomadic home, in the frozen landscape on March 8, in Bayantsogt, Tuv province, Mongolia. Getty Images / Paula Bronstein



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Livestock are seen in a pen owned by Mongolian herder Baterdene, who says he has lost 30% of his livestock this season, on March 8, in Bayantsogt, Tuv province, Mongolia. Getty Images / Paula Bronstein



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Mongolian herder, Khurelsukh, skins a goat as his wife and child watch on March 8, in Bayantsogt, Tuv province, Mongolia. Getty Images / Paula Bronstein



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A young Mongolian herder, Davaasuren, 10, stands amongst the dead livestock outside his home along the frozen landscape on March 8, in Bayantsogt, Tuv province, Mongolia. The UNDP is working with other UN agencies to provide a 'cash-for-work' program in which herders will receive income to bury the carcasses of livestock in an effort to prevent spread of disease and pollution once the snow begins to melt. Getty Images / Paula Bronstein



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Livestock herder, Munkhbat, right, sits in his hut with wife Munkhamgalan, and baby Anuungoo on March 8, in Bayantsogt, Tuv province, Mongolia. The family is struggling after losing almost half of their herd this winter. Getty Images / Paula Bronstein



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A Mongolian woman behind a frosty window rides a city bus March 5, in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia. Getty Images / Paula Bronstein



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