Waziristan IDPs being hosted by families, no camps yet: UN
ED NATIONS-People fleeing the fighting in South Waziristan are being hosted by their extended families or are sheltering in rented accommodations, with no camps having been established as of now, the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported on Tuesday.
Over 14,000 people, who fled latest clashes between the Government troops and militants in the region, have been registered and they joined another 80,500 uprooted Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), OCHA added.
As part of its contingency planning for the latest influx of uprooted people from South Waziristan, the UN has relief supplies pre-positioned and local partnerships in place.
It has already been helping the first wave of IDPs, and is ready to enhance its assistance as numbers rise.
The world body and its partners have distributed more than 1,000 tonnes of food so far, with household items having reached some 30,000 people and hygiene kits having been delivered to 35,000 people.
Expressing its concern over the situation in South Waziristan, OCHA called on all parties to the conflict to ensure the safety of unarmed civilians, especially women and children, as well as safe passage for those escaping the violence.
There are now more than 180,000 registered displaced people - comprising 25,000 families - in the neighbouring Dera Ismail Khan and Tank districts of the North West Frontier Province (NWFP).
Over the weekend, aid agencies urged the warring parties to observe international humanitarian law ensuring safety for civilians, with 139,000 people having fled South Waziristan for NWFP.
'Those leaving South Waziristan have travelled over a forbidding terrain, with limited supplies and in conditions of fear and hardship', said UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Pakistan Martin Mogwanja.