Eight women herders killed in Mongolia due to snow storms

Today (6 November), eight women herders have been killed in central Mongolia due to snow storms, the country’s National Emergency Management Agency. Snow and blizzards have caused icy roads and poor road visibility during weekend.

Snow and blizzards swept the western provinces of Zavkhan and Uvs and central parts of the country including the national capital Ulaanbaatar, and provinces of Arkhangai, Uvurkhangai, Tuv and Bulgan, with wind speeds up to 20 meters per second.

The southern provinces of Dundgovi and Dornogovi, the eastern provinces of Khentii and Sukhbaatar, and the northern provinces of Khuvsgul and Darkhan-Uul also experienced strong winds and snow storms.

Volatile weather is expected to continue in the coming days across large parts of the country, the agency said, warning the public, especially nomadic herders and drivers, to take extra precautions against possible disasters.

The Asian country’s climate is strongly continental with long, frigid winters and short, warm summers.

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