ISLAMABAD  - The United Nations has said that over 51,000 of the total 60,000 expected internally displaced persons (IDPs) of Kurram Agency have been moved to the alternate locations due to the military operations in the tribal area, while cautioning that funding constraints were "affecting humanitarian partners' response to the IDPs' needs."

"Humanitarian partners have registered 51,582 of the 60,000 people estimated to have been displaced from central Kurram Agency, Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), since mid-May due to the ongoing security operations against non-state armed actors," the world body said in its fresh humanitarian update on Thursday.

It merits a mention here that this correspondent on Wednesday had quoted a head of a UN agency in Pakistan as saying that humanitarian funding constraints for the UN had been a major concern in Pakistan and other parts of the globe "because the emergencies, man-made conflicts and natural disasters just keep happening."

The UN official had further said, "It would be very difficult to manage a coordinated and consolidated humanitarian response this year if funds don't arrive in time given that there've already been more than a million people who need assistance."

In addition, a previous humanitarian update from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) had impliedly confirmed this information. With particular reference to the arrival of monsoon season against the backdrop of expected floods, it had said, "Humanitarian partners have compiled information on relief stocks available in the country and requirements in case of an emergency response for up to five million people. Notably, funding constraints have left humanitarian partners with low relief stocks, which will hamper the provision of rapid response and life-saving assistance in the event of floods during this year's monsoon season."

Regarding the IDPs, the UN agency said again on Thursday, "All the registered IDPs are receiving basic assistance comprising food, relief items and critical life-saving services, although security concerns and funding constraints are affecting humanitarian partners' response to the IDPs' needs. Forty-five per cent of the IDPs from Kurram Agency are females and 87 percent of the displaced families are living in off-camp locations."

Earlier on Tuesday, the OCHA had mentioned that 60,000 IDPs were likely to be displaced from Kurram Agency due to the security operation. "Humanitarian partners are registering and providing assistance to families displaced from central Kurram Agency in the FATA, who have fled their homes since mid-May due to the Government of Pakistan's security operations against non-state armed actors. By 27 May, partners had registered 5,192 families (31,152 people) in Kurram Agency. Nearly 60,000 people could be displaced due to the ongoing security operations in Kurram Agency," it had stated in a humanitarian update.

According to the data compiled by The Nation, as printed on Thursday, Pakistan received $ 4.7 billion in terms of humanitarian funding in the UN-led multiple appeals launched during the last four years while the country globally remained the 10th largest humanitarian aid recipient in terms of its reliance on the international community's financial support for the last year's flood affectees.

As per details, an OCHA-prepared detailed breakup of the humanitarian funding for Pakistan suggests that the country has received over $ 4,678,106,866 since the year 2009 through seven major UN-supervised aid programmes. These programmes largely aimed at providing relief, recovery and rehabilitation assistance to the flood affectees as well as the internally displaced persons (IDPs) of several military operations launched in FATA.

For the IDPs assistance specifically, Pakistan, since 2009, received $527 million against the required $680 million in the revised Pakistan Humanitarian Response Plan (PHRP) 2009.

In 2010, the UN launched another PHRP (2010) for the IDPs assistance following extension of the military operations in different parts of the FATA. The PHRP 2010 sought $661 million and ended up at receiving $332 million. Pakistan also got over $500 million in the same year through different programmes outside the PHRP 2010.

In 2011, Pakistan got $ 146 million for complex emergency in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA.

Moreover, the country last year received an additional aid of $ 464 million from multiple international donor agencies for the assistance of freshly displaced IDPs in FATA, particularly in Khyber and Kurram Agencies, while the un-materialised aid commitments remained at $ 3.7 million in this regard.

In addition, from 2010 to 2012, several countries provided up to $44 million to Pakistan under the UN-managed Emergency Response Fund (ERF).

Meanwhile, the OCHA says that due to security and movement restrictions to the affected areas, it conducted an observations exercise with its partners to determine the priority humanitarian needs of the IDPs from Kurram Agency.