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Pakistan Humanitarian Update Issue 15

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This Humanitarian Update covers the period from 13 to 26 May 2010. The next Update will be issued on or around 11 June.

HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES

Preparations are underway as water from the Hunza Lake is expected to overflow within next 48 hours.

An inter-agency vulnerability assessment of IDPs has profiled over 7,000 families in two weeks.

SITUATION OVERVIEW

Hunza Lake

The lake created by the landslide in Hunza at the start of the year is expected to overflow within the next 48 hours. To control the overflow, engineers have completed a spillway which, it is estimated, will be sufficient to channel the flowing waters.

A landslide on 4th January 2010 created the lake, which is now 20km long and more than 350ft deep. It blocked the Hunza River and submerged more than 20 kilometres parts of the Karakoram Highway, leaving over 25,000 people in Upper Hunza cut off from the rest of the country. The government authorities have been delivering basic supplies by boat and helicopter.

If the lake does overflow, as is expected, authorities estimate a further 25,000 people downstream will also be affected.

So far more than 2,500 families (approx. 20,000 individuals) have been evacuated as a precautionary measure. 1,424 of them (approx.12,000 individuals) are living in 23 camps, while the rest are living with host communities.

Federal and provincial authorities are leading the relief response.

On 17th May the UN launched a Multi-Cluster mission to Hunza to assess needs and gaps if assistance is required. So far UN Agencies have supplied a broad range of relief items including WASH NFIs, temporary shelters, NFI Kits, rub halls to store goods, emergency health kits along with transportation of these items to the affected region.

Vulnerability assessment

An inter-agency vulnerability assessment is now in its second week in the Peshawar valley. The pilot project is to last a month, and so far 59 enumerators have profiled more than 7,200 households.

The assessment will help improve the targeting of humanitarian assistance to IDPs. A communication campaign to raise awareness of the project is being carried out through radio and community focal points. 10 agencies have contributed their resources to the assessment.

Displacements

The registration of IDPs resumed on 13 May in the Togh Sarai Camp, in Hangu. Since then some 236 families have been registered. The number of IDPs from Orakzai and Kurram living in the camp now stands at 892 families (Approx. 5,156 individuals.

However, for the rest of Hangu and also for Kohat registration of IDPs remains suspended. It was initially stopped following a suicide bomb attack at an IDP registration point in Kohat on 17 April.

So in total, there are currently 44,965 families (Approx. 328,244 individuals) from Orakzai and Kurram Agencies registered in Kohat and Hangu, according to the Office of Commissioner Afghan Refugees (CAR), of these NADRA has verified 33,640 families (approx. 245,572 Individuals).

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