Pakistan: North Waziristan Displacements Situation Report No. 4 (as of 30 June 2014)

Report
from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 30 Jun 2014

Highlights

  • The Authorities relaxed the curfew on 29 June to allow stranded people to leave North Waziristan Agency (NWA), before starting a ground operation in the Agency on 30 June.
  • As of 30 June, FDMA reports registering some 468,000 individuals. Verification of the registered families is ongoing.
  • Over 95,000 people went from NWA to Khost province of Afghanistan. Unverified reports indicate that another approximately 10,000 people are in Paktya province.
  • The main priority needs remain food, health, protection activities as well as water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). Urgent funding resources are needed to scale up the humanitarian response.

468,000+ Displaced from NWA to other parts of Pakistan as of 30 June

90,000+ Displaced from NWA to Afghanistan as of 29 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$21m Pledged or contributed by donors

Situation Overview

The authorities relaxed the curfew on 29 June to allow for stranded people to leave NWA. However, only a few hundred new families were registered, which shows that most of the people have already left the Agency. The Army started a ground operation in NWA on 30 June, after the evacuation of civilians.

As of 30 June, the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) Disaster Management Authority (FDMA) has registered 468,048 IDPs (38,000 families). Of concern is that a significant number of families remain unregistered because either they moved out of NWA through unfrequented routes or they lacked identification documents, which applies to women in particular. The authorities are making provisions to register such families. In the meanwhile, the National Database Registration Authority is verifying the registered families and the IDP numbers may change once the verification is complete.

Over 95,000 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 Paktya province who have not been assessed yet.

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.

The Government has increased cash assistance to the IDPs to PKR 40,000 (US$400) at registration which includes provisions for medical needs, rental support and any other family requirements, and includes a Ramadan package. Each family will receive PKR1,500 ($150) per month subsequently. The Government has distributed mobile phone SIMs to the IDPs to access the cash assistance. Some 11,000 SIMs were activated by 29 June. The humanitarian response is picking pace with more organizations reaching the ground. The Pakistan Army has distributed 30,000 ration packs each of 110kg. WFP has provided food rations to over 8,000 families while a number of NGOs and charity organizations are also carrying out relief activities.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.