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NDMA registers 423,666 IDPs of Waziristan


BANNU/ISLAMABAD: The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) claimed on Monday to have registered 34,625 families of North Waziristan Agency (NWA) in Bannu. About 1,100 families have arrived in Dera Ismail Khan and 480 in Lakki Marwat districts too.
According to details, out of 423,666 registered internally displaced persons (IDPs), 111,241 are men; 133,722 women; and 178,523 are children. Relief camps for the IDPs were immediately established at the start of the Zarb-e-Azb operation on June 15. 
The main IDPs camp has been established in Bakakhel Union Council of Bannu District. However, not many people opted to live there and the bulk preferred to live with their relatives and host communities as per past practice. 
Senior civil and military officials are monitoring IDPs camps to ensure that the people are facilitated to the maximum level. The relief camps have been provided with all necessary facilities including provision of shelter, health and hygiene facilities, food, electricity and mosque. 
Food and financial assistance is being given to the affected people at the time of registration at checkpoints where mobile registration units of National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) have also been deployed. Vaccination of entire displaced population against polio and the examination of those in need are also being ensured at checkpoints.
Furthermore, free transport has been arranged to bring more IDPs to relief camps. Efforts to expand the camps and make additional arrangements to facilitate IDPs are on. 
In this connection, a field hospital is also being set up jointly by the army and civil administration to meet the additional demands due to influx of approximately 45,000 IDPs. 
The World Food Programme (WFP) has also established a point in the area with the approval of federal government and its assistance is being largely appreciated. 
The NDMA has handed over additional 2,000 tents to the FATA Disaster Management Authority (FDMA) for distribution among the IDPs.
The NDMA, FDMA, Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan Army and the civil administration are doing planning/execution of this humanitarian effort jointly. 
A formation of the Pakistan Army has been tasked exclusively with supporting the civil administration in ensuring smooth and efficient execution of the onerous task. 
The government, armed forces and all departments/agencies concerned as well as humanitarian partners are putting in their diligent efforts to mitigate the sufferings of IDPs. The assistance and encouragement of civil society too merits special attention.
Consistent to earlier instructions, the government assigned the relief and rehabilitation task to the Ministry of States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON). However, the government also decided to engage NDMA in the process, which is line with the mandate of the organisation.
The NDMA team led by Operations Member Brigadier Mirza Kamran Zia has already been deployed in Bannu District to facilitate the IDPs and ensure provision of effective and timely relief assistance to them within and outside camps.

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