Currently, 70% of Mongolia is snowbound, 98 soums (districts) of the 18 provinces have experienced constant heavy snowfall and 113 soums in 20 provinces have had frequent snowfall. As of yesterday (22nd February), 125,000 herds of cattle have died during the winter.
The herders do not have the money – cash is required – to buy animal feed for their cattle. To make matters worse, because of the lack of vaccines, infectious diseases are spreading. Therefore, in order to prevent a catastrophic situation developing Mongolia has decided to ask for aid from international humanitarian organizations.