Washington DC, August 26, 2015 ─ The World Bank today approved a credit of US$ 75 million to support the early recovery of families affected by the militancy crisis. The credit will serve to promote child health, and strengthen emergency response safety net delivery systems in the affected Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).
KABUL: Representatives of the Governments of the Islamic Republics of Afghanistan and Pakistan and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today in Kabul reaffirmed their commitment to the principle of voluntary repatriation, in safety and dignity, to end the protracted stay of Afghan refugees in Pakistan. The parties recognized that many of those remaining in Pakistan are second and third generation refugees, for whom repatriation may pose special challenges, particularly those who have resided in urban areas for the past three decades.
In 2010, catastrophic floods swept down the length of Pakistan, bringing devastation to millions. As they ebbed, the 3,400 residents of Bharat Khas and Dil Nawaz Bharat, both in Bannu district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, faced an altered landscape. The two villages now stood on either bank of a brand new stream. On one side of the torrent was Bharat Khas, which hosted the local health centre. On the other, Dil Nawaz Bharat was the site of a primary school for girls.
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Lucia Bibi was buried alive with her children after the thatched roof of her house collapsed during a heavy downpour.
“It was one at night and the third day of the rains. I was sleeping with my two daughters and a son when everything came down on us with a thump. I clutched straw with my left hand but when I tried to raise my right arm, I just couldn’t move it”, said Bibi, 43.
The return of the Malik din Khel tribe of Bara Agency started on 10 August from both Jalozai and off-camp locations. As of 12 August approximately 3752 verified families returned from off-camp and 430 families from Jalozai camp. An embarkation point for the off camp departures was established at Maingano Khwar Alimad Shah village, Malikdin Khel Mian ganu Khawar Bara, Khyber agency. Returns for South Waziristan IDPs are planned to start on 31 August. Approximately 9079 families were pre-registered by the political administration (this includes unregistered families too).
The extent of devastation caused by the recent flash floods could be gauged from the fact that one can not travel for more than 15 kilometres on any road in Chitral district. The floods caused widespread destruction throughout the district, starting from Arandu in the south to Baroghil in the north stretching over about 400 kilometres.