Pakistan: North Waziristan Displacements Situation Report No. 5 (as of 3 July 2014)

This report is produced by OCHA Pakistan in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It was issued by OCHA Pakistan. It covers the period from 1 to 3 July 2014. The next report will be issued on or around 9 July.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Registration has re-opened for those families who could not register earlier for a variety of reasons.

  • Grievance desks have been established to facilitate the families with documentation issues.

  • As of 2 July, FDMA reported the registration of some 470,000 individuals. Verification of the registered families is ongoing. No further new displacements have been reported from NWA since the ground operation started.

  • UNHCR reported an estimated 112,000 people from NWA in Khost and Paktika provinces of Afghanistan.

  • The priority needs remain food, health, protection and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) activities.

  • Urgent funding resources are needed to continue to scale up the humanitarian response.

470,000+ Displaced from NWA to other parts of Pakistan as of 2 July
112,000+ Estimated displaced from NWA to Afghanistan as of 3 July
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 in all over Pakistan
US$22.5 m Pledged or contributed by donors

Situation Overview

Displacements from the North Waziristan Agency (NWA) have stopped after authorities applied a curfew and started a ground offensive. It is believed that almost all of the people have moved out of the agency.
As of 2 July, the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) Disaster Management Authority (FDMA) has registered 470,336 IDPs (38,296 families). This includes 148,244 women (32 per cent) and 198,802 children (42 per cent). The registration has reopened today (3 July) with three registrations centres for an estimated 60,000 individuals who had missed the initial registration. UNHCR has established grievance desks to facilitate people with documentation issues.
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.
Some 862 families from NWA who arrived in Kurram Agency via Afghanistan have been registered. These families were provided with food packages and refreshments for the children and cooked food at a transit camp established at a school in Alizai, lower Kurram. FDMA provided transportation services for those who wanted to move to other districts with majority reportedly moving to Hangu, Kohat, Karak and Bannu districts.
According to UNHCR Afghanistan, an estimated 15,000 families (over 112,500 individuals) left NWA to Khost (10,000 families) and Paktika (5,000 families) provinces of Afghanistan. As of 30 June, 9,731 of these families (6,131 families in Khost; 3,600 families in Paktika) have been assessed. Humanitarian aid efforts by the government and humanitarian partners is ongoing.
All those registered by FDMA are receiving a Government cash assistance of PKR12,000 (US$120). Following the National Database Registration Authority (NADRA) verifications, the families will receive a Ramadan package of PKR20,000 ($200). NADRA will make special arrangements to resolve the cases of un-verified families, while UNHCR grievance desks will facilitate such cases. Cash grants are being distributed, and once the data is verified will be through mobile phones, with over 16,000 SIMs activated to date.
The humanitarian partners are scaling up the response as they expand presence on ground. WFP and partners is now distributing food rations in seven sites; serving over 15,000 families – approaching half of the targeted caseload. UNHCR and NRC are providing Non-Food Items. WHO is supplying medicines to the Government health departments in hosting districts and sufficient medical supplies have been provided to cater to the current needs, while gaps are being filled where needed. UNICEF partners are active in supporting the local authorities to provide drinking water to the localities hosting IDPs. Teams are assessing needs of vulnerable families residing in some 800 schools.
Planning is underway to establish a humanitarian coordination hub in Bannu for better coordination among humanitarian partners and the Government Authorities and to facilitate better information sharing. The humanitarian partners, in collaboration with PDMA and FDMA, are planning a multi-sector initial rapid assessment in the affected districts. As a number of enumerators were already trained in assessment methodology as a preparedness activity, there will be no need of trainings and the assessment is expected to start in next two to three days. The assessment will provide further details of priority needs and locations of the IDPs and will help the humanitarian partners plan accordingly.

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