During the week of 29 January - 4 February, 980 families returned to Khyber and North Waziristan Agency (NWA). Returns to the Sipah area in Khyber are nearly completed. As per findings of inter-cluster assessment mission to Sipah, the area needs humanitarian intervention in all sectors especially WASH to ensure provision of clean drinking water. As per assessment done by the authority, about 30% of infrastructure are fully damaged and 70% are partially damaged.
Summary of WFP assistance:
During the week of 22-28 January 2,712 families returned to Khyber and North Waziristan Agency (NWA).The returns to NWA follow the denotification of 10 villages in Mriali tehsil near Idak. In this area infrastructre, including electrical delivery systems are largely intact, as is housing. There is one basic health unit and military facilities are available for emergencies.
The Sipah returns are largely completed with less than 250 families remaining in Jalozai camp.
Peshawar, 27 January 2016 – The Government of Fata has a signed a new agreement with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, at a high-profile event organized at the Governor’s House, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa today.
This new partnership aims to support the Government of FATA’s reform in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), and includes the launch of the Governor’s Strategic Support Unit.
Islamabad, January 5, 2016 - More than 18,000 temporarily displaced farmers returning to the Federally Administered Tribal Areas recently received agricultural support from the United States Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The supplies will help the farmers during the rabi sowing season, allowing them to grow crops and earn an income as well as to feed their own families.
During the week of 1 -7 January 162 families returned to Khyber Agency. A Return Task Force meeting was held on January 6 confirming that 15 villages in the Miranshah and Mirali tehsils of North Waziristan Agency were recently denotified and that returns to 10 of these villages are approved by Government. Returns to Khyber Agecny of the Sipah tribe are planned to commence on 12 January and are comprised of approximately 7,400 families. This includes 300 of the 500 remaining families in Jalozai camp.
From 25 December to 31 December, 184 families returned to North Waziristan Agency and 199 families to Khyber Agency. To date 142,563 registered and unregistered families have returned to FATA since March 2015.
The Government has started issuing ATM and SIM cards for the distribution of the return cash grants (PKR 25,000 per family) to families from South Waziristan (4,146 families) and Khyber Agencies (6,429 families) who returned from 2010 to 2013. While these families received a transportation grant at the time of return they did not receive the return cash grant.
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From 18 December to 24 December, 633 families returned to North Waziristan Agency.
Returns to other agencies are on hold for the winter season. To date 141,500 families have returned to FATA since March 2015, including registered and unregistered families. WFP started providing food assistance to returned IDPs in North Waziristan on 11 December and has distributed 612 metric tons of food to 6,539 families, of which 292 were female headed households.
At the beginning of 2015, the number of IDPs in KP reached 1.67 million after the last operation conducted in Khyber Agency. The government of Pakistan announced the 2015 return plan with a planning figure of around 154,000 families.