Summary Observation on Rapid Emergency Needs Assessment Exercise to three severely flood affected northern districts of Bangladesh
While the Bangladesh monsoon was on the wane, late flooding has affected some 11 north and north=ADwestern districts between October 3-6, 2005.
Note: After the release of theoriginal (November) versioin of this report, a DER meeting was held on 16 November to discuss follow-up issues. A consensus view emerged that future RENA reports should be strengthened to better inform potential interventions. A second DER working group meeting was held on the 21 November to discuss revising the structure of the RENA report, and the feasibility of updating the earlier November report. This "December Update" represents the outcome of the revisioins.
- DER Group sources of information: ActionAid Bangladesh, BRAC, Disaster Forum, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), NIRAPAD, and Rangpur Dinajpur Rural Service (RDRS).
1. Definition of 'Monga'
Monga is seasonal scarcity of employment and hence household incomes leading to lack of access to food amongst mainly rural poor landless families. It occurs almost every year mostly in the northwestern districts, west of the Brahmaputra, particularly after the planting but before the aman harvest in the months of September, October, and November.