More than 120,500 individuals have fled Pakistan to take refuge in Khost and Paktika provinces of Afghanistan. The influx is the result of Pakistan’s ongoing large scale military operation against militants in North Waziristan, Pakistan. An urgency to provide support to the displaced families as well as the host communities is felt on both sides of the border.
In Afghanistan, UNHCR began distribution of NFIs, plastic sheeting, and WFP food rations in Matun, Khost. In Paktika Province, preparations for distribution are being organized through a local organization. Mobile health clinic needs are identified in Urgun and Barmal districts to respond to the large number of displaced families settled there.
UNHCR, the Ministry of Border and Tribal Affairs, and the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation are working closely to inform the displaced families of available assistance and to establish community councils and committees of elders. This will help the displaced families organize and ensure that responding agencies and the government are able to identify the most vulnerable families in need of assistance.
Meanwhile in Pakistan, according to sources in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) Disaster Management Authority (FDMA), more than 600,000 IDPs have already registered with NADRA (National Database and Registration Authority). More than 300,000 IDPs still require registration without which they remain ineligible for relief assistance. UNHCR in close coordination with FDMA has set up a separate registration and grievance desk for women. Lack of information on accessing services, family separation, and unavailability of health services for women and children are other concern listed by the displaced families.
CWS-P/A is closely monitoring the situation. The emergency response team is on standby in case the need to respond arises.