PESHAWAR - A total of 38,155 families having 469,357 individuals have been registered as IDPs at the registration points of Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA). The displaced families have also brought a large number of livestock with themselves.

According to the daily report issued by the Chief Secretary Control Room established at the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) regarding Displaced Persons of North Waziristan Agency, a relief camp has also been established in Bannu, which would work under the PDMA.

The provincial government has released Rs349 million to PDMA for establishment of camps in Bannu city. However, in the wake of ongoing military operation, a decision was taken by the federal government to establish camps inside frontier regions, which fall in the jurisdiction of FATA administration.

The camps have been established by the FDMA and jointly administered by the Pak Army and FDMA wherein all facilities like shelter, cooked food, water etc are being provided to the displaced persons. The provincial government has wisely decided to convert relief assistance into cash for Rs15,000 displaced families at the rate of Rs3,000/- per month upto six months.

Additionally, Rs5,000/- as Ramazan Food Package will be given to each family. This whole amount will be transferred to each IDP family via a transparent mechanism by PDMA/FDMA on the basis of verified data from NADRA.

The NGOs and UN agencies are not involved in relief activities as per decision of the federal and provincial governments not to go for an international humanitarian appeal. However, the system of humanitarian assistance has been streamlined on the direction of Chief Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by channelising their relief packages through the government with particular focus in the offices of deputy commissioner.

The PDMA has requested all the deputy commissioners to constitute district level committees to gather relevant information about displaced persons residing with their relatives. This data will be used for security as well as provision of relief to DPs.

The DG health services also paid a visit of Bannu and constituted various teams to provide round-the-clock emergency care to the DPs. Similarly, food items are being provided regularly by the district administration Bannu. In this regard, sufficient food items have been provided to the district administration by PDMA.

Public Health Engineering Department has also been directed to ensure clean drinking water facilities in the camps. Moreover, additional vehicles were also placed at the disposal of district administration Bannu to ensure quick relief to the DPs.