Situation Update: “NWA displacement: Over 455,000 displaced”

Situation Update: “NWA displacement: Over 455,000 displaced”

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Background:

Latest records indicate that over 455,000 people remain displaced from North Waziristan Agency (NWA). More than 74 percent include women and children. The flow of people from NWA stopped following the Government’s re-imposed curfew on June 24.

Most displaced families have taken refuge in neighboring districts of Bannu, Lakki Marwat, Karak, Dera Ismail Khan, and Kohat in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province. Families have also moved to Bakkar and Fatehjang in Punjab Province and other parts of the country as well as Afghanistan. Reports show that families who moved to Bannu face many hardships due to overwhelmed facilities. Only 27 families opt to live in a camp in Bannu which has been set up by the Government, while the rest stay with friends and relatives, rented houses or public buildings such as schools. Owing to cultural norms, lack of privacy and services, many displaced families avoid staying at camps.

The humanitarian community, both UN and NGOs, are supporting the Government in the provision of life-saving assistance in the affected areas by providing emergency health kits, non-food items, and food packages. The Government, supported by WHO, has vaccinated almost 251,434 IDPs with polio drops, while WFP is assisting the Government by providing food rations to displaced families and prepositioning stock for expected further displacements. Polio vaccination is offered to all those leaving the area. The Government has distributed cash relief worth USD 120 to more than 3,184 families for their food and NFIs as of June 25.

CWS-P/A Response:

Currently CWS-P/A is closely monitoring the situation and is in contact with local partners and concerned Government departments. Should any need arise, CWS-P/A emergency teams are ready to start its response program.

Sources:

www.tribune.com.pk

www.dailytimes.com.pk

www.dawn.com

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