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The Baltimore Sun

Mongolians Fight For Survival In Extreme Cold

A Mongolian family looks out from a frosty window on a city bus March 6, 2010 in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia. Monglia is still experiencing one of the worst winters in 30 years. Presently the government has declared an emergency requiring foreign aid to alleviate the impact of the "Zud" (Mongolian term for a multiple natural disaster) caused by bitter cold and thick snow. Recently, the UN allocated $3.7 million for humanitarian assistance to Mongolia from its Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). Currently 1.5 m goats, 921,000 sheep, 169,000 cows and yaks, 89,000 horses and 1,500 camels have died according to the various UN agency reports.PAULA BRONSTEIN, GETTY IMAGES