100,000 NWA residents move to Afghanistan: UN

*OCHA says no displacements from tribal agency since Tuesday

ISLAMABAD: As many as 100,000 people from the North Waziristan Agency (NWA) are believed to have moved to Afghanistan, whereas displacements from the tribal agency due to the military action have stopped since Tuesday, a United Nations report revealed on Friday.
Moreover, the total number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) from the NWA is, so far, counted at 457,048, it suggested. Over 90,000 people have reached Khost province of Afghanistan, where they are receiving assistance from humanitarian partners and the government. Unverified reports indicate that another approximately 10,000 people are in Paktika province who have not been assessed yet, said the situation report on the NWA issued by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Pakistan here on Friday.
It cites the figures of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) Disaster Management Authority (FDMA) to report that 457,048 IDPs (36,904families) had relocated from the NWA to other areas. The UN report reveals that only 28 families have so far registered in the IDPs camp in Bannu, where Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, army chief General Raheel Sharif and other top government functionaries paid a visit on Friday.
“Very few registrations have taken place after the re-imposition of curfew from 24 June. Reports from the field suggest that a potentially significant number of families who arrived through unfrequented routes remain unregistered,” the report says. It merits a recall here that the NWA’s political administration had given a three-day relaxation in curfew from June 18-20 to allow maximum civilian evacuation. The curfew relaxation was extended till June 21 and remained partially in effect till June 24.
The OCHA situation report said majority of the displaced families are residing in Bannu, with others moving to Hangu, Lakki Marwat, Karak, Dera Ismail Khan, Charsadda, Tank and Kohat districts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, as well as to other parts of the country. The document cites the FDMA figures suggesting that National Database Registration Authority (NADRA) has, so far, registered 17,000 IDPs families.
Another 13,500 have been rejected on the basis of Computerised National Identity Cards (CNIC) issues, such as invalid or expired CNICs or invalid family trees. “As such, these cases need to be addressed to reconcile their data,” OCHA suggests. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is working with FDMA on issues related to registration. The people who moved to Bannu are facing hardships due to ‘overwhelmed’ facilities, according to UN humanitarian agency. Most IDPs are living with friends and relatives or in public buildings and rented houses. Due to high demand, house rents have gone up and the displaced families are finding it hard to cope with the situation.
“A large number of people have to share small rooms in scorching heat,” says the situation report adding that the government’s established camp in the Frontier Region of Bannu has attracted only 28 families. The OCHA document suggests, to date (Friday), donors have committed or contributed over $18 million. The Government of Pakistan has provided in-kind assistance of 25,000 metric tonnes of wheat to Word Food Programme (WFP). To fast track the response, humanitarian partners are preparing to apply for Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).
So far, 6,465 IDPs families have received food rations from the WFP and to cover the current case load of over 36,800 families, 3,670 tonnes of food per month are needed. Meanwhile, during his Friday visit to the Bannu IDPs camp, PM Nawaz Sharif announced Rs 20,000 ($200) for each family as Ramzan Package. In addition, the government is providing cash assistance of $200 to each registered family. Thereafter, each family will receive a monthly allowance of $150.

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