NWA displacement: PDMA registers 31,264 IDP families

PESHAWAR: A total of 31,264 families, or 394,319 individuals, have been registered at the Registration Point of Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) at Saidgai checkpost.The IDPs have also brought along with them a large number of livestock. According to chief secretary of the Control Room at the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) the number of displaced persons of North Waziristan Agency have reached 31,264 families or 394,319 individuals. Furthermore, in Bannu District, a relief camp has been established which would work under the PDMA and will support the district administration in the relief activities. The provincial government has released Rs 349 million to PDMA for establishment of camps in Bannu city, however, in the wake of the ongoing military operation, a decision was taken by the federal government to establish camps inside frontier regions which fall within the jurisdiction of FATA administration.The camps have been established by FDMA and jointly administered by Pak Army and FDMA wherein all facilities like shelter, cooked food, water and other allied services are being provided to the displaced persons. Looking to the trend of IDPs not going to camps rather off-camps, the provincial government has wisely decided to convert this amount into cash assistance for 15,000 displaced families at the rate of Rs 3000/per month for up to six months. Additionally, Rs 5000 (one time) as Ramadan Food Package will be given to each family as this whole amount will be transferred to each DP family via a transparent mechanism by PDMA and FDMA on the basis of verified data from NADRA.The system of humanitarian assistance has been streamlined on the direction of Chief Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by channelizing their relief packages through the government with particular focus in the offices of Deputy Commissioner and DDMO. PDMA has requested all the DCs to constitute district level committees to gather relevant information about displaced persons residing with their relatives. This data will be used for security as well as provision of relief and cash etc to IDPs.DG Health Services also paid a visit of district Bannu and constituted various teams to provide round the clock emergency care to the IDPs like treatment of sunstroke, body aches, cramps in legs, polio vaccination etc. Similarly, food items are being provided regularly by the district administration Bannu. In this regard, sufficient food items have been provided to the district administration by PDMA. Public Health Engineering Department has also been directed to ensure clean drinking water facilities in the camps. Moreover, additional vehicles were also placed at the disposal of district administration Bannu to ensure quick relief to the IDPs. Apart from that rescue-1122 has provided three state of the art ambulances along with staff to help IDPs in case of any emergency. 

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