PESHAWAR People fleeing recent fighting in Orakzai and Kurram agencies are arriving in the adjacent district of Hangu and they need urgent food, medicine and other items. Hundreds of thousands people have fled since last November and the movement has gained pace with the return of hot weather. Accordingly, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Pakistan Red Crescent Society have started delivering food and other essentials, such as blankets, tarpaulins and jerry cans for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) arrived in Hangu. Our priority is to reach those living outside the relief camps, as approximately 95 percent of the displaced are hosted by local families or live in rented accommodation, said Antje Ruckstuhl, in charge of ICRC activities in North-West of Pakistan. They need food and medicine right away, that much is clear. However, it is a challenge to estimate the scale of their needs, in charge of ICRC activities in North-West of Pakistan said. The Pakistan Red Crescent is carrying out a door-to-door registration of displaced people; so far, over 122,000 individuals have been registered in 19 union councils of the district, said Hamid-Ullah Mohmand, the Pakistan Red Crescent, Hangu district secretary. The Red Crescent has already completed two rounds of relief distribution to some 63,000 displaced people living outside camps since December 2009, he added. The ICRC has donated emergency medicines to Thall district hospital. An assessment is under way to determine which other healthcare facilities could benefit from ICRC support. The organisation is also trying to find ways of restoring contact between family members who have become separated from one another. The ICRC and the Pakistan Red Crescent continue to work closely together to help victims of armed violence. Since January 2010, the organisations have jointly assisted 350,000 victims of fighting in FATA and in NWFP. Meanwhile, Director General of Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) NWFP/FATA Dr Ikram Ghani has asked Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of Malakand and Mohmand agencies to contact the centres, established at their doorstep to get their cards and financial assistance at earliest. He said that these centres were established to ensure financial assistance to militancy-hit people in their respective areas under emergency relief package. Talking to the agency here on Wednesday, Ikram Ghani said that three centres were set up in Swat and one each in Buner, Malakand, Taimargara and Charsadda since January and, so far, 20,000 cards had been distributed among IDPs. He said that Rs450 million had been distributed among the displaced persons through these centres adding that the purpose of setting up of the centres was to ensure provision of financial assistance to the affectees at their doorstep. Ikram Ghani said that the number of displaced persons had decreased significantly and as such the number of these centres would also be cut down.