A large number of people from North Waziristan continue fleeing to safer areas due to fear of military operations against militants. Most of them have reached Bannu where no more homes are available as majority of them have already been rented out. Consequently, people are residing on the roads and awaiting government help. There is an accelerating rate at which IDPs are entering the district, share the district administration official, given frequent bombings on militant hideouts in the agency. While tribesmen are making their way from the war-torn area, there are some families stranded in the more troubled areas of the agency; they cannot afford to pay for transport for themselves and their luggage. 14,435 people had been transported in 796 vehicles to other parts of the province via routes passing through Bannu. “The total figure [as yet] includes 3,203 males, 6,390 women and 4,842 children,” a district administration official shared. The official said uprooted families were renting houses but complained the government was not assisting them in their bid to seek shelter far from North Waziristan. Meanwhile the federal government has decided to establish 10 tent housing habitation centers for the IDPs in five districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) in the wake of expected operation. The in-habitations will be established by next week with the cooperation of provincial government and district administration. The in-habitations will be established in Bannu, Tank, Dera Ismail Khan, Karak, Laki Marwat.
The federal government will initially provide 20,000 tents, one month food stock to 50,000 people and other basic necessities to the KPK government. Whereas the KPK government will provide 30,000 tents, one month food stock to 40,000 people. The 100 beds temporary hospitals will also be built in all in-habitations.
Currently CWS-P/A is closely monitoring the situation and is planning to conduct a partner assessment as well as needs assessment of the IDPs in the IDP hosting districts. CWS-P/A is also in contact with concerned Government departments to have updated information regarding the new development.