Pakistan

Pakistan: North Waziristan Displacements Situation Report No. 7 (as of 16 July 2014)

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This report is produced by OCHA Pakistan in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It was issued by OCHA Pakistan. It covers the period from 10 to 16 July 2014. The next report will be issued on or around 23 July.

Highlights

  • Registration was extended in Bannu and Peshawar until the end of 15 July for those families unable to register earlier. Registration in Kurram Agency, FATA continues.

  • As of 15 July, 992,649 individuals (90,756) families have been registered. While the verification process is ongoing; 39,453 registered households were verified as of 15 July and 15,250 households were rejected.

  • The Multi-sector Initial Rapid Assessment (MIRA) data collection was done between 12 and 16 July. Initial findings are expected next week.

  • As of 15 July, the Government of Pakistan disbursed PKR358,236,000 (US$3.6 million) to 29,853 families.

  • The Preliminary Response Plan (PRP) for vital humanitarian assistance to support 500,000 people for six months requires US$99 to provide the planned response. No additional funding was received since Sitrep No. 6.

  • Priority needs remain around food, health, protection, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) activities. Urgent funding resources are needed to continue scaling up the humanitarian response.

Situation Overview

Registration for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from North Waziristan Agency (NWA) was extended in Bannu, Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) to the end of 15 July, to accommodate those unable to register earlier; registration in Kurram Agency, FATA continues. As of 15 July, the total registered displaced population is 992,649 individuals (90,756 families): 256,272 males; 284,191 females; and 452,186 children. Overall, 74 per cent of the total displaced population are women and children. Grievance desks received 308 grievances between 3 and 10 July, the majority were related to the loss of registration forms. At the request of the Protection Cluster, FDMA deployed an official to Bannu to facilitate verification of new applicants for their Computerized National Identity Card (CNICs).

All stakeholders agree that the number of registered individuals does not reflect the actual number of displaced individuals, and believe a number between 500,000 and 600,000 is more realistic. Therefore, the National Database Registration Authority (NADRA) continues verifying the IDP registration data. As of 15 July, 39,453 registered households have been verified, while 15,250 households were rejected for a variety of reasons. The Gender Task Force voiced concerns that women without CNICs may be excluded in this process. A reported majority of displaced females do not have CNICs. Initial evidence indicates how 50 to 60 per cent of their spouses are abroad. Purdah in this conservative area limits access to mobile registration teams.

The Child Protection and Welfare Commission established two child protection helpdesks in Bannu to identify and assist vulnerable children and women. To date, 1,042 child protection cases (679 boys and 363 girls) were identified and linked with services. These cases were primarily orphans, separated children, children with disability, missing children, children with psychological problems, and health issues among others.

According to the Public Health and Engineering Department and the Municipality of Bannu, drinking water in Bannu City is generally satisfactory. There are 20 operational tube wells and two locations in the city, which can be used to truck water. Water and sanitation facilities are urgently needed in the formal camps and informal settlements, particularly in schools and hosting communities, according to initial WASH need assessment findings conducted by local partners and available secondary data. The general hygiene condition in the displaced population is very poor with the possibility of a WASH-related disease outbreak. The Cluster response reached 8,958 IDPs with critical WASH-related information and distributed 8,120 hygiene kits by WASH cluster members, OXFAM, NRC and UNICEF. Access is still a major issue for all responding humanitarian agencies. Currently, the WASH Cluster does not have enough resources available to respond to 500,000 displaced people.
The Community Restoration Cluster plans to commence a community-resilience programme, livelihoods solutions, and short-term employment interventions.

The Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) briefed donors on 9 July on the HCT Preliminary Response Plan (PRP) to enable their response, and highlighted cluster needs and gaps. Approximately US$99 million are needed to provide essential humanitarian assistance to 500,000 people over six months. Donor pledges or contributions remain as previously stated at $22.5 million ($13 million and $9 million respectively). As of 15 July, the Government disbursed PKR358,236,000 ($3.6 million) to 29,853 families. On 10 July, a CERF application for priority clusters was resubmitted to the CERF Secretariat. Final approval is still pending.

On 10 July, the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) approved commencement of a joint rapid needs assessment of the displaced population in host communities to assess needs of the displaced and the host communities. The MIRA data collection was conducted between 12 and 16 July. Initial findings are expected next week.

In a 15 July meeting with OCHA and UNHCR, the Director General PDMA shared his perception that there is little possibility that displaced families will go to the camps. Most displaced families are living with host communities or in rented accommodations. Accommodation is emerging as a serious challenge, as additional residential space is extremely limited. Families currently residing in schools will need to leave prior to the commencement of the new school term, placing additional burden on the shelter situation. Currently, the federal government provides cash for food while the provincial government provides cash for rent. Help lines were established to deal with cash disbursement issues with a grievance handling system supported by UNDP.

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