Australia to Support Mongolia in Dzud Relief Efforts

2024-02-29 20:13:10

Ulaanbaatar, February 29, 2024. /MONTSAME/. Australia will provide 250,000 Australian dollars in humanitarian assistance following the adverse humanitarian situation caused by unprecedented and extreme dzud weather conditions in Mongolia.  


Mongolia is currently experiencing a high dzud risk, cold weather is predicted to persist in the coming weeks, exacerbating the situation, affecting 245,005 families across the country, according to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).


"As a committed third neighbour and steadfast friend, Australia will continue to work together with Mongolia to foster resilience and confront increasing natural disasters exacerbated by climate change.” said Ms Katie Smith, Australian Ambassador to Mongolia. “Our thoughts are with all those who have been impacted by the dzud. Our two countries have a history of helping one another during difficult times and Mongolia’s generosity during those times has not been forgotten in Australia.”


Australia will channel its assistance through the Mongolian Red Cross Society (MRCS) to provide cash support, hay and fodder, fuel, and food support for vulnerable herder households. MRCS will continue to provide cash transfers to assist households as they manage the ongoing impacts of the dzud. At the same time MRCS will support NEMA and other authorities with impact assessments to ensure the effectiveness of this support. The health and well-being support for children, pregnant and lactating women, and prevention of gender-based violence are important priorities in the relief efforts.