Rains and Hailstorm in Mongolia in Summer of 2009

Lately, it has been raining nearly every day here in Mongolia.  And, it has been pouring.

Throughout history, Mongolians are known to have worshiped the eternal blue sky during times of the great Chinggis Khaan (often known as Genghis Khan) and before/after that.  Maybe we have maddened the skies, but it has been opened as it’s just been pouring.

The rains of July 17, 2009

This rain was highly destructive.  29 people died from the ensuing floods. Eleven were from Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia.  More than 130 families have been displaced from their homes as their gers (traditional Mongolian yurts) were washed away in the floods.

This was a very sad day, but I hope we, Mongolians, will learn from this.  I hope we will learn to respect our mother nature and re-learn and re-live at least some of our past traditions.  I hope we will not be cutting down trees so much.  If we do, at least plant trees for every tree cut.  It seems that the international industry wide practice that is used in the lumber and wood industry worldwide is to plant two baby trees per every tree cut.  I hope that we will not be throwing all of our trash everywhere.  I hope that we will respect our waters and rivers and do our best to keep them clean and running freely.  I hope that we will not be building our gers and homes in the flood plains or near the river basin.

There also was another damage that I should mention: the collapsed bridge in Zaisan.

Zaisan houses some of the wealthiest and richest Mongolians on the southside of Ulaanbaatar.  I don’t have all the right details, so please feel free to correct me here and also anywhere within this blog post if you have the right information.  In any case, I heard that the reason the bridge collapsed was because the soil underneath the bridge became unstable.  Now, this maybe has nothing to do with the fact that many constructions have taken place near the river basin.  This might also not have anything to do with the rich river soils being towed away for use in construction.  In any case, we should probably be more respectful and caring for the Mongolia’s beautiful nature that our forefathers preserved so pristine condition for us for thousands of years.

The Zaisan bridge was down for three/four days.  Much of the traffic to/from this wealthy portion of Ulaanbaatar (or Mongolia for that matter) depended on this bridge had to be diverted to many miles north or south.  In Zaisan, it seems some shops and garages were flooded as well.  Many expensive Land Cruisers, Mercedes, and other expensive cars apparently floated and banged against each other.

July 17 rain in Mongolia from my office

Well anyway, here is a video recording I took from my office on July 17th.  This is before realizing much of the ensuing impact and devastation. It is a mild video and does not show any of the floods or wreckage. It just shows how heavy the rain was.

Hailstorm on July 21

Here is a video I uploaded on YouTube that shows a hailstorm that took place in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on July 21, 2009. The hail size was probably 2-3 times larger than normal hail size. It’s incredible that it has now been raining nearly everyday since Naadam. There is a traditional Mongolian saying “Autumn after Naadam” and also something about rains coming after Naadam as well. However, the rains have been frequent and intense this year. The last few years were actually quite a bit dry.

Here is the video:

References and Resources

If you are interested in reading more about the rains in Mongolia, here are a few other resources.

In English:

In Mongolian:

Additional Note:

It seems now that the United Nations Chief is in Mongolia to address Climate Change.  UN chief Ban Ki-moon has been in Mongolia since Sunday and have been meeting with herders who have been impacted by the climate change the most.  Read more here: UN chief in Mongolia to highlight climate change

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Born in 1979. Lived, studied, and worked in the US from 1992-2007. Currently in Mongolia since 2007. Own and manage WebGuru Co Ltd (www.WEBGURU-CO.COM), an internet marketing and web design / development company based in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

2 thoughts on “Rains and Hailstorm in Mongolia in Summer of 2009”

  1. Dear Sirs/Madams,
    Re health problems following on floods in Mongolia, except for pregnant women and infants, and probably children QUININE is THE remedy. A little quinine in the water. Only one reserve, am not sure if can affect male reproductivity.
    A little in drinking water is prophylactic.
    Better not to drink than drink contaminated water, wash or bathe where water may have entered body.
    Lemons and little concentrated black tea very desirable control for medium diarrhoea all ages and conditions, except if possible not with advanced pregnancy, but can be advisable to as prophylactic as caffeine content is not very high.
    Kaolin and pectin also useful.
    To avoid drinking much, small amounts at intervals with intense infectious diarrhoea.
    Advisable in above case to wash clean, and wash body with soap foam and little water.
    Carbolic soap useful.
    Starvation diarrhoea can be helped by simply eating but not too much.
    Thick oat soup helps, also of course the classic small-grained rice cooked long in water, 1 handful – to 1/3 bucket water, and some use the toasted rice from the base of the pot “fluffed”, but I am not impressed.
    Avoid sugar and sweets – they are highly laxative.
    There is the old cure, of a crude kind: 1 spoon salt, 1 spoon sugar, 1 litre water – 1 spoon every hour – tea for children, table for adults.
    No dried fruits, no brewers’ yeast.
    (But brewers’ yeast can stimulate heart function in case of imminent failure).
    Can be excellent hard pears (not ripe ones!) cut up and boiled two pears to a litre water. If bad condition consume the juice slowly not the fruit pieces. Otherwise both.
    Peel or wash imported pears if appearing to have pesticide.
    To have disinfectants, basic just laundry soap available to wash anything necessary.
    And cloths for the floor or spades or hoes (hoes are much easier for hard ground, but not the pronged sort) or pickaxes and spades to clean filthy ground.
    Open sewers and latrines can be blocked with rubble and earth and emptied cement sacks. Old walls can be demolished if permitted to fill up.
    Machinery can dig canals and basins to drain off contaminated waters. Possibly neighbouring countries consent to receive into their drainage systems, or can be collected in tanks if estimated to be in excess of land capacity which need not be likely, given snow meltdown of coming winter. But probably this water can be stored and used, some can be used for brief fast herb and vegetable cultivations (possibly tomatoes, parsley, spinach, honey melons) and indoor citrus trees and berry boxes, also asparagus and Champignon mushrooms can be grown this way, and some water can be cleansed via the disgusting European city method and used for livestock to drink. If the people want to join the European city dwellers´ water drinking practices, up to them, their choice.
    So I thought I do not know how and apparently too much, but those lady darlings of my father also know, and everybody and then too much. But it probably is cyclically part of the seasons.
    Inez Deborah Emilia Altar

  2. @Inez, your comment is very difficult to read and understand. However, you seem to be a real person and not a spam. As such, I have approved the comment. It will be helpful if your future comments are a little bit more digestible. Thanks for commenting! 😀

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