Over fifty percent of total territory covered by snowSociety
Ulaanbaatar/MONTSAME/. According to the National Agency for
Meteorology and Environmental Monitoring, over 50 percent the country’s
territory has been blanketed with snow as of November 20.
In particular, snow depth of over 20 cm was recorded in Altai, Khangai, Khentii, Khovsgol mountains, Kharkhiraa Turgen mountains and Khan Khukhii mountains. Numrug and Tsagaanchuluut soums of Zavkhan aimag, Galuut soum of Bayankhongor, Tuvshruuleh soum of Arkhangai as well as Erdenetsagaan soum of Sukhbaatar aimag have been covered with thick snow between 10 cm and 20 cm.
Dzud risk map shows that about 40 percent of the country is at high risk (highest 6.0%, high 30.4%) and almost 30 percent (28.2%) is moderate risk. Among the provinces, Bayankhongor aimag is at the highest risk of dzud, eastern part of Gobi-Altai and entire territories of Uvurkhangai and Dundgobi aimags and some parts of Umnugobi, Dornogobi, Tuv and Sukhbaatar aimags are considered to be at high risk. It means that these aimags are likely to suffer severe winter and spring conditions.
Last summer, Bayankhongor, Gobi-Altai, Umnugobi, Uvurkhangai and Dundgobi aimags experinced drought and poor grass growth, low yield per hectare, overgrazing, insufficient water supply, tiredness from migrations, insufficient strength of animals, inadequate fodder resources and high market prices are increasing the risk of dzud.