ISLAMABAD – A detailed status report, by all coordination and implementation organisations providing relief to internally displaced persons (IDPs) of Waziristan tribal areas, has been submitted to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday.
So far, 572,529 people, belonging to 44,633 families, have been registered as the internally displaced persons as a result of Zarb-e-Azb military operation, which started on June 15. The prime minister was updated that an amount of Rs 329.568 million has been distributed among 27,664 families as financial support.
About 4,500 tons of relief goods have been distributed among 31,000 registered families by the federal government with the assistance of the Pakistan Army and the World Food Program (WFP). About 5,000 food packages, weighing 110kg each, are being distributed every day through 11 food distribution points among the affected people.
Non-food items have also been distributed among 31,000 displaced families. As per the prime minister’s directions, each registered displaced family will get compensation amount through Zong mobile SIMs from July 8 under a transparent mechanism. This has been done to ensure quick relief to the families besides bringing more transparency in distribution of the money.
Beneficiaries would be allowed to collect their money from mobile franchises, retailers and banks. Round the clock provision of electricity in IDP camps has been ensured. Temporary mosques have been built to facilitate the families living in camps and medical facilities including doctors and medicines, especially treatment of sun stroke, cramps in legs and polio vaccination, have been made available for them.
Steady supply of clean drinking water has also been ensured. The Pakistan Army has also established 33 points across Pakistan for collection of donation from the general public. The Finance Ministry has released Rs 1.5 billion so far for providing relief to the displaced families. The Economic Coordination Committee of the cabinet has recently approved 60,000 tons of wheat costing Rs 2.8 billion for distribution among the families.
Rescue 1122 has provided three state-of-the-art ambulances along with necessary staff for assistance of the displaced persons in emergencies. About 15 mobile veterinary clinics have been established in Bannu, Lakki Marwat, Dera Ismail Khan, Karak and Tank in which more than 20,000 animals belonging to the displaced families have been treated while more than 42,000 animals have so far been vaccinated.
The UAE government has released an assistance of $20.5 million for the displaced families on humanitarian grounds, while US has extended an assistance of $ 31 million.