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Pakistan Humanitarian Update Issue 17

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This Humanitarian Update covers the period from 10 to 23 June 2010. The next Update will be issued on or around 9 July.

HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES

- Wide spread damage to property in Jalozai camp after a wind storm

- Two camps closed in Lower Dir after IDPs returned to Bajaur

SITUATION OVERVIEW

Wind Storm at Jalozai Camp

On June 23, a windstorm hit the Jalozai IDP camp. Over 130 people were injured and there was widespread damage of the infrastructure. An assessment mission was carried out on June 24 and work has already started on repairing the camp. Water and sanitation is an urgent priority as over 1,000 latrines were damaged and 30 tanks providing drinking water were toppled. 6,000 tents were fully or partially destroyed and will be replaced within the week. Health and education facilities were also hit by the storm, replacement tents are being provided and work is underway to fix the damage. The food halls are also being repaired.

Jalozai is the largest of the IDP camps and shelters almost 100,000 people.

Displacement

In Lower Dir two camps have been closed. Sadbar Kalay and Wali Kandow I. They had been hosting 4,094 IDPs from Bajaur, who have now returned home.

In Kohat and Hangu IDP registration remains suspended due to security concerns.

The overall displaced population stands at over 200,000 families (1.4 million individuals); a number that needs to be confirmed by the ongoing vulnerability assessment (see below).

The overall camp population stands at 21,338 families (or 107,585 individuals). There are 7 camps operating in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. (Source: Commissioner of Afghan Refugees, CAR)

Vulnerability assessment

An ongoing inter-agency vulnerability assessment in the Peshawar District has assessed 13,500 IDP families (74,250 individuals) in almost 6 weeks. It is expected to be completed in the next 10-12 days. The assessment, which identifies families in continued need of assistance, will also be extended to Charsadda, Mardan, Nowshera and Swabi.

Hunza Lake situation

A lake created by a landslide on January 4th 2010 continues to increase. Despite an emergency spillway constructed to reduce the water level, more water is flowing into the lake than flowing out.

So far, the expanding lake (current length: 24 km) has displaced 240 families (1,920 individuals).

A further 2,677 families (23,089 individuals) have been evacuated downstream of the lake, as a precautionary measure. 1,622 of these families (13,127 individuals) are sheltering in 22 camps whilst the remaining 1,055 evacuated families (9,962 individuals) are staying with host families.

Although efforts are underway to widen the spillway and increase the outflow of water, the rising waters continue to slowly submerge houses in the upstream areas.

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