• DISPLACEMENT An estimated 25 243 people have been displaced from North Waziristan to neighbouring districts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Province and into Afghanistan following the military airstrikes of 20 February 2014. Over the last two days, there are reports that 1 815 families have returned home due to the reduced security operations over the last week.
• According to local NGO assessment, the IDPs’ priority needs are food, NFIs and shelter in addition to women expressing the need for psychosocial support, in particular for their children. The loss or lack of Computerized National Identity Cards (CNICs) was highlighted as a source of major concern due to access to services and assistance; 80 to 90 per cent of the women do not possess CNICs. (ECHO)
• DROUGHT Severe shortages of food and water have been reported in Tharparkar district, south-east Sindh. A number of children have reportedly died by malnutrition. The area is being affected by a mild drought, since there has not been any significant rainfall in the past three to four months (see inset map); this, however, is not uncommon for the area and the season, according to Pakistani Meteo and NDMA.
Tharparkar has been declared calamity-hit by the Government of Sindh and PKR 18.6 million have been released for immediate relief.
• A United Nations / Government joint observation mission will visit Tharparkar on 10 March to review the situation and its impact on health and nutrition. (ECHO)