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Thursday, 25 January, 2001, 09:48 GMT
Inner Mongolia needs aid: Red Cross

The Red Cross has warned that thousands of nomadic herders in the Chinese region of Inner Mongolia are facing starvation after losing their entire herds of animals.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said thirty-nine people and almost half-a-million animals had died so far during the harshest winter in half a century.

It said temperatures as low as minus fifty degrees celsius had prevented herders from collecting the animal dung that they traditionally burn to heat their tents.

The Federation has launched an urgent appeal for more than one-and-a-half million dollars.

The China Charity Federation has also launched an appeal, calling for people across China to urgently donate food and fuel to the region.

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