IDPs numbers grow to 180,000: UN

UNITED NATIONS- The number of people displaced by the military’s anti-militant operation under way in the Khyber Agency has passed 180,000, a UN spokesman said Friday.“Significant numbers of new arrivals are approaching UNHCR at the Jalozai camp for the internally-displaced, which is located near Peshawar,” Adrian Edwards, a spokesman for the refugee agency, told reporters in Geneva.He said an inter-agency relief operation is under way in support of the country’s efforts to provide relief to the affected people.In the Jalozai camp, 72 registration desks have been established to keep pace with the flow of new arrivals, Edwards said, adding that some 10,000 people are being registered daily.The majority of those registered have chosen not to stay inside the camp, preferring instead to move in with friends and relatives, or to live in rented accommodation. Around 11,000 families, or more than 50,000 individuals, have moved into the Jalozai camp.The state-run Provincial Disaster Management Authority will soon open two additional registration centres, which will also be used as hubs for distributing humanitarian relief, according to Edwards.UNHCR has distributed more than 37,000 humanitarian relief kits, including sleeping mats and jerry cans, while other UN agencies are providing assistance in the areas of mother and child heath, child protection, water and sanitation, primary education, distribution of food rations and vaccinations. More than 4,000 additional tents have been erected in the Jalozai area.“Systems are also in place to identify and assist those people with particular protection concerns,” said Edwards. “A grievance and legal desk has been established at the Jalozai registration point to facilitate vulnerable groups who may need additional assistance due to lost registration forms, old national identity cards, or missing identity cards.”In total, more than 650,000 people are displaced in the KP and the Fata as a result of security operations against militant groups.

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