As of 2 October, 63,470 families have returned to Khyber Agency, 26,525 families to North Waziristan, 8,7166 families to South Waziristan, 153 to Orakzai and 418 families to Kurram. Returns are currently ongoing to all five agencies. Six embarkation points have been established to facilitate the return process, while five humanitarian hubs are active within FATA for the distribution of humanitarian assistance.
(Islamabad/New York, 8 October 2015): The Director of Operations for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Mr. John Ging, concluded his two-day visit to Pakistan, accompanied by the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator (designate) for Pakistan Mr. Neil Buhne, and the Head of OCHA Pakistan Mr. George Khoury.
Over 119,600 families have returned to FATA since March 2015, including both registered and unregistered families. Returns to Kurram started on 1 October, with women and children comprising 69 per cent of the individuals returning. Returns to Orakzai also started on 1 October, marking the first time there have been returns to five Agencies simultaneously. The Government intends to return another 100,000 families during this second phase from September to December.
Over 118,000 families have returned to FATA since March 2015, including both registered and unregistered families. Returns were halted from 24-27 September for the Eid holiday. Humanitarian activities were resumed in Bara on 22 September, after they were suspended due to curfew and search operations following the militants attack on the Air Force camp in Budhaber. The authorities will return families of Tehsil Sararogha from 29-30 September, Tehsil Serwakai from 1-3 October, and families of all Tehsils from 4-10 October.
An inter-Cluster assessment mission was conducted to Sarwakai, Sararogha and Tiarza Tehsils South Waziristan Agency from 4 to 7 August 2015. The mission covered a sample of 47 villages that were recently de-notified by authorities. The Government has planned to facilitate the return of some 15,000 to 20,000 families to these areas.
• An estimated 80 to 95 per cent of private houses were damaged due conflict and more than seven years of weather damage.
Over 113,175 families have returned to FATA since March 2015, which includes both registered and unregistered families.
Returns to NWA continued intermittently with 14 registered families moving in the past week.
Tiarza tehsil in SWA was also opened to returns for the first time since 2009.
After the Eid holiday the Government plans to open SWA and Kyhber returns to all tribes.
Returns to the Sarwakai and Sararogha tehsils of South Waziristan Agency (SWA) are underway and proceeding as scheduled. Areas of Tiarza tehsil of South Waziristan Agency were de-notified for the first time since 2009. Approximately 4,500 registered and unregistered 4,500 returnees are scheduled to start returning on 14 September 2015. The return of Kamar Khel tribe started from Jalozai camp from 10th September, 2015. Khyber returns are proceeding as normal.
The overall situation in the country is returning to normal. Relief camps in Punjab are closed while in Sindh the camps are reducing and people are returning home. The water level at all barrages is normal. There are no predictions of major rains, or associated flooding for the next week.
As of 3 September, approximately 987 families have returned to 11 village in SWA which includes 313 unregistered families. The shelter cluster has surveyed 237 SWA families, out of which 176 families have received assistance consisting of tents, NFIs and tools. Khyber returns are continuing and NWA returns are still postponed until further notice.
Returns to Khyber Agency are ongoing. Returns to North Waziristan Agency (NWA) are currently on hold while returns to South Waziristan Agency (SWA) are expected to commence on 31 August. In Bara, Khyber Agency, over 12,747 families of the Malik din Khel tribe have returned since 10 August.