Aerial vew of the mountainous Ladakh region
Our Asia Pacific Disaster Response team are on the Changtang Plateau, southeastern Ladakh in India's northern Jammu Kashmir State conducting a rapid assessment after a prolonged period of intense cold and snowfall has killed thousands of animals and affected the livelihoods of countless people.
Three members of our disaster response team are on the ground to conduct the assessment after 40,000 goats and sheep and hundreds of horses and yaks have died from malnourishment and hypothermia. Many thousands more are potentially in danger as the lack of food over the past months has affected their resistance and health.
These animals are the backbone of the local economy and represent a large percentage of the local pashmina industry. People in Changtang region are generally nomads whose entire livelihoods come from their animals.
We'll have more details in the coming days as we hear back from our team.