Reports indicate that nearly all the 22,000 people who fled their villages in North Waziristan in January fearing security operations have returned home.
Health authorities have confirmed 11 new polio cases in north- western Pakistan this year. Partners are concerned that displacements from North Waziristan could result in the spread of the poliovirus to neighbouring districts.
Thousands of families remain in need of critical humanitarian assistance in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and in flood-affected areas of southern Pakistan.
Most humanitarian projects to end in December 2012 in KP and FATA due to lack of funds.
Standing water in the flood-affected districts is making it difficult to restore livelihood.
Population Displacement in KP/FATA:
• Pakistan’s north-western areas of Khyber Pakthunkhwa (KP) and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) are experiencing a complex emergency characterized by significant population movements as a result of security operations against non-state armed groups as well as sectarian violence.
Nine months ago, in September 2011, devastating floods in southern Pakistan ruined basic infrastructure and key medical facilities in Shaheed Benazirabad District, Sindh Province, leaving thousands of people without health services.
Since July 2008, the northwestern areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan have experienced major population movements as a result of insecurity. As of July 2012, there were 156,473 registered displaced families (730,618 people) in KP and FATA. Humanitarian partners estimate that 147,000 families will remain displaced through December 2012.
• Fresh displacements have been reported from Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency.
• If more funds are not provided, partners will have to discontinue life-saving services in KP and FATA in all key sectors.
• Nearly 200,000 people have been affected by a water crisis in Gwadar District, Balochistan.
• Pakistan making progress in the fight against polio.