On August 8, the civilian authorities shared that they expect another outflow of displaced families from NWA, following an extension of the operations taking place. The estimated numbers are 25,000 individuals, of whom many are expected to be family members of existing displaced families. A registration desk with all concerned stakeholders (Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) Disaster Management Authority – FDMA, National Database and Registration Authority – NADRA, etc) is in place at Saidgai checkpoint, where people are expected to exit.
Earlier on August 7, the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) verbally reported 1,000,428 people (95,109 families) registered as displaced from North Waziristan Agency (NWA); 286,624 women (29 percent) and 456,049 children (46 percent).
On August 6, FDMA reported that NADRA reviewed registration data of 93,239 families, of which 53,186 families (57 percent) were verified and 40,053 families (42.9 percent) rejected. Government estimates verified families will be approximately 600,000 people. UNHCR reported an undetermined number of displaced people from five NWA tehsils (Dosali, Ghariwarm, Razmak, Shawa, and Spinwarm) spontaneously returned. Ministry of States and Frontier Regions – SAFRON has confirmed this but has not indicated any numbers. It is possible these returnees are registered and collect their relief assistance in Bannu.
IDP families with specific needs who are unregistered due to unavailability of Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC) and other reasons, particularly women, need urgent support since they do are not benefit from current assistance. One of the main reasons for non-verification in the NADRA system of verification is that of ‘family tree’ issues. Addressing this issue through civil registration procedural remedy is a complicated and lengthy process particularly for women who would not be able to obtain necessary documentation. These IDPs, particularly women, could remain unverified unless their household separation is processed in a timely manner. The current policy that IDPs need to have two addresses (current and permanent address) in the areas notified by the Government and inability for NWA IDPs to change address at this moment will pose a huge challenge for IDPs who were unverified for this reason without any procedural solutions available.
CWS-P/A has formulated a response plan for recently displaced people and is planning an immediate health intervention in the districts of Bannu and DI Khan through local partners. CWS-P/A is also planning to focus on protection cases and to support the most vulnerable and deprived communities who are not assisted by any agency due to various reasons, some of which are mentioned above. These beneficiaries shall be assisted with provision of food aid in consultation with World Food Program.