Pakistan: North Waziristan Displacements Situation Report No. 3 (as of 27 June 2014)

Highlights

  • With almost no new displacements since 24 June the number of people displaced from North Waziristan Agency (NWA) remains at over 457,000 people, with more than 74 per cent of them women and children.

  • Over 90,000 people went from NWA to Khost province of Afghanistan. Unverified reports indicate that another approximately 10,000 people are in Paktika province.

  • Humanitarian partners are supporting the Government in provision of life-saving assistance to the IDPs.

  • Humanitarian response is scaling up as partners are increasing presence in the hosting districts.

  • Blanket polio vaccination is being carried out to stop spread of polio to other regions. NWA is considered reservoir of polio as vaccination was banned in the area.

  • The main priority needs are food, health, protection activities as well as water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).
    Urgent funding resources are needed to scale up the humanitarian response.

457,000+ Displaced from NWA to other parts of Pakistan as of 26 June
90,000+ Displaced from NWA to Afghanistan as of 26 June
74 % Of the NWA IDPs are women and children
930,000 Pre-existing displaced people in KP and FATA in need of humanitarian assistance
1.6 m Registered Afghan Refugees
US$18 m Pledged or contributed by donors

Situation Overview

As of 27 June, the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) Disaster Management Authority (FDMA) has registered 457,048 IDPs (36,904 families). 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 un-registered.

The majority of the displaced families are residing in Bannu district, with others moving to Hangu, Lakki Marwat, Karak, Dera Ismail Khan, Charsadda, Tank and Kohat districts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, as well as to other parts of the country.

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.

Pakistan’s National Database Registration Authority (NADRA) has started verifying the registered families and so far 17,000 families have been verified according to FDMA. 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. UNHCR is working with FDMA on issues related to registration.

The people who moved to Bannu are facing hardships due to overwhelmed facilities. 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. The Government’s established camp in the Frontier Region of Bannu has attracted only 28 families.

On 27 June, the Prime Minister along with the Governor and Chief Minister KP and the Army Chief visited Bannu to meet with IDPs and review the response efforts. He announced PKR 20,000 (US$200) for each family as Ramadan 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. This new allowance aims to enable families afford the rent required. The Government has distributed 8,000 SIM cards for the distribution of those cash grants. Over 7,085 of these cards have been activated already.

Also, the Pakistan Army has commenced distribution of food rations, as provided by the United Arab Emirates. The food security cluster ensures there is information exchange to prevent duplication. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government has directed all the Health Departments in hosting districts to establish special counters in all the health facilities for the IDPs with visible banners.

The humanitarian community, both UN and NGOs, is supporting the Government in provision of life-saving assistance in the affected areas by providing emergency health kits, non-food items and food packages. Response is scaling up as the partners are establishing presence in the hosting areas. The UN Department for Safety and Security (UN DSS) conducted an assessment of the hosting districts on 24 and 25 June to identify possible locations for offices and distribution points. WFP’s food distribution is ongoing in Bannu, while the local health authorities are being supported with essential medical supplies. Distribution of Non-Food Items (NFI) for shelter support has started while water, sanitation and hygiene support is also in progress. Information campaigns have been initiated to inform the IDPs about registration and assistance being provided.

The authorities have established an emergency room in Peshawar which will provide information and liaise with the partners on various issues. The authorities informed the partners that a daily situation report will be prepared and disseminated to inform about the latest figures on registration and response.

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