KABUL- Around 6,452 people from Pakistan have fled from North Waziristan agency into the eastern parts of Afghanistan, mostly arriving in the districts of Gurboz, Khost (Matun), Tanni, Nadir Shah Kot and Mando Zai in Khost province as stated by UNHCR.
These refugees are being accommodated with the help of local Afghan communities. However, Afghan communities have limited resources and there is an urgent need of shelter, clean drinking water and sanitation. These newly arrived women, men and children have trekked the mountainous terrains across Pakistan's border to seek safety in Afghanistan.
UNHCR is worried that the families living close to conflict-affected areas will be further exposed to violence and humanitarian access could be limited.
On emergency basis, UNHCR is providing tents and other essential relief items to the most vulnerable, while World Food Programme (WFP) has distributed food assistance, including sugar, rice, tea, beans and salt. Joint assessments on the requirements of these people are being conducted with the provincial directorate of the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation, WFP and other partner agencies.
The government of Pakistan confirmed that over 101,000 people had been displaced internally from North Waziristan into the areas of Banu, Dera Ismail Khan and Tank of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.