ULAN BATOR, Mongolia: Snow storms in central Mongolia have killed eight herders, the National Emergency Management Agency of Mongolia reported on Monday.
The victims included one male, six female herders, and a 12-year-old boy hailing from the central provinces of Tuv and Uvurkhangai. They lost their lives while tending to their herds amidst the snow storms that hit significant portions of the country over the weekend, as detailed in the agency’s statement.
Since Friday night, there has been a considerable reduction in road visibility and hazardous driving conditions due to heavy snowfall and blizzards. The majority of severe weather has affected Mongolia’s central areas, where snow accumulation has reached up to 34 cm, according to the National Agency for Meteorology and Environmental Monitoring of the nation.
The forecast predicts that the snowfall and blizzards will likely persist in the central and western regions in the coming days. The weather monitoring agency has warned, particularly for nomadic herders and drivers, to be careful in anticipation of potential disasters.
Mongolia’s climate is characterized by its continental nature, with prolonged and bitterly cold winters followed by brief, warm summers. Winter temperatures as low as minus 25 degrees Celsius are common in Mongolia, and the peak flu season typically occurs from December to February. —Xinhua/APP