National State Emergency Commission instructs state authorities to prepare for winter challenges

NSEC's meeting on November 15

In Tuesday’s meeting of the National State Emergency Commission (NSEC), the meeting’s attendees discussed winter preparation in agriculture, energy, roads, transportation, and health, as well as preventing the spread of infectious disease among livestock in the western provinces.

The Institute of Meteorology, Hydrology, and Environment reported that November 17 to 25 will bring some of the coldest weather in a decade. According to the weather outlook for the next month, half of the country is expected to experience heavy snowfall. Cabinet ministers and other government agency heads have said that herders have moved to different camps with seven million livestock to look for better pasture conditions.

Minister of Energy P.Gankhuu said that Thermal Power Plant IV currently has enough coal reserves for 18 days, Thermal Power Plant III has coal reserves for 12 days, Thermal Power Plant II has coal reserves for nine days, and the Darkhan, Erdenet, and Amgalan thermal power plants have 27 to 40 days of reserves.

The Minister of Roads and Transportation pointed out that road repairs are at 95 percent completion, and roads from Khovd to Bulgan soum, from Bulgan to the border, and from Khovd to Altai have had barriers built to prevent road closures due to heavy snow.

Head of the NSEC, Deputy Prime Minister U.Khurelsukh instructed Minister of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry P.Sergelen to monitor herder’s movements, to introduce herders to the advantages of livestock insurance, and to locate optimal pastures.

The Minister of Health has been instructed to collect data on the number of children, pregnant women, seniors, and people with disabilities living far from medical centers, to make sure that hospitals are prepared to respond with emergency services.

U.Khurelsukh instructed the heads of local disaster management agencies to be prepared to dispatch vehicles and rescue services in the case of disaster conditions, and instructed province governors not to ask herders for taxes or to place additional pressures on them. He also instructed the authorities to abide by quarantine and sanitation regulations concerning livestock product transportation in the eastern and central provinces. The Deputy Prime Minister set up a task force to oversee winter preparation, evaluations, consultation, and decision-making.