ISLAMABAD: The government has so for registered 435,429 internally displaced persons (IDPs) affected due to ongoing operation in North Waziristan with the help of National Database Registration Authority (NADRA).
According to latest official data available on Monday, the government registered 35,381 families including 114,596 males, 137,301 females and 183,532 children. On June 15, Pakistan launched the military operation Zarb-e-Azb against militants in the troubled North Waziristan agency of Federally
Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) that resulted in a temporary migration and relocation of displaced persons from the area of operation to safer locations.
Consistent to the earlier instructions, the government assigned the task to the Ministry of States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) to make necessary rehabilitation arrangement of IDPs. However this time the government decided to engage National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) too in the process which is in line with the mandate of the organization.
Upon instructions the NDMA now engaged with ministry of SAFRON, Federally Administrative Tribal Areas Disaster Management Authority, Provincial Disaster Management Authority of Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa, Pakistan Army, Civil Administration and other partners to coordinate and implement the plan for efficient management of all IDPs issues.
The NDMA team, led by Member Operations NDMA, Brig Mirza Kamran Zia has already been deployed in district Bannu, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) to monitor and facilitate the present status of IDPs situation and ensure provision of effective and timely relief assistance to the IDPs within and outside camps.
So far a total of 34,625 families have crossed over from North Waziristan areas of operation and have been registered in Bannu. About 1100 families have arrived in D.I. Khan and 480 in Lakki Marwat district too.
The relief camps were immediately established at the onset of operation. The main IDPs camp has been established in BakaKhel, Union Council in district Bannu of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Unfortunately not many people have opted to live in the camp and the bulk preferred to live with their relatives and host communities as per past practice. The team, alongwith senior civil and military officials, monitored IDPs camp management to ensure that people are facilitated with all necessary apparatus and arrangements. The relief camps have been provided with all necessary facilities including provision of shelter, health, hygiene, latrines, cooked food, electricity and mosque.
Food and financial assistance is being rendered to the affected people at the time of registration at check points. NADRA mobile registration points have been put in place at the check points too.
Polio vaccination of entire displaced population and health check up of those in need is also being ensured at check posts.
Furthermore, free transport has been arranged for daily evacuations to bring the IDPs to relief camps.
There are efforts to expand the camps and make additional arrangements to facilitate all those IDPs who wish to live and return in the camp. In this connection a field hospital is also being set up jointly by the army and civil administration to meet the additional demand due to influx of 45,000 IDPs in to the area.
Food and cash distribution for the affected population is also being done in the area.
WFP has also established a food point in the area, with the approval of federal government and their assistance is being largely appreciated. NDMA has handed over additional 2,000 tents to the FDMA for further distribution among the IDPs. All planning and execution for this humanitarian effort is being done jointly by the NDMA, FDMA,PDMA KP, Pakistan Army and civil administration. A formation of Pakistan army has been tasked exclusively to support the civil administration to ensure smooth and efficient execution of this onerous task.
The government, the armed forces and all the concerned departments and agencies as well as humanitarian partners are putting in their diligent efforts to mitigate the sufferings of displaced people.
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