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Thursday, May 07, 2009

IDPs migration Camps to be set up in Shahmansoor, Hund(Swabi)

IDPs migration Camps to be set up in Shahmansoor, Hund

Yesterday at 9:19pm
PESHAWAR (APP): The Provincial Relief Commissioner Jamil Amjad said Wednesday that Shahmansoor township and Hunds in Swabi district have been selected for establishment of relief camps where the Internally Displaced Peoples (IDPs) of Swat, Buner and Lower Dir districts would be accommodated. “We have chalked out a comprehensive plan to set up relief camps in Shahmansoor township and Hunds area of Swabi for IDPs’ accommodation in wake of the current difficult situation in the districts of Malakand Division,” Amjad told APP. Two additional camps in Mardan’s areas of Sheikh Shehzad and Jalala and one in Yar Hussain in Sawabi district have already been setup and was operational to fulfill the foods and residential requirements of the affected families, he informed. The relief commissioner said that locations of the relief camps are ideal in every aspect and special focus are being made to provide better sanitation, foods and clean drinking water facilities in addition to medical assistance to IDPs. The registration of displaced families from Lower Dir, Swat and Buner districts have already been started at Mardan and Swabi relief camps, he said, adding that arrival of displaced families continue and is gaining momentum. He said that 11 relief camps are already exited in NWFP, adding the lands near Jalozai relief camp in Nowshera are being acquired to accommodate possible more IDPs in days to come. Amjad said around 4,50,000 displaced people were living outside of relief camps, saying that majority of the IDPs belonged to Bajaur Agency. He said about 80 percent of displaced families are living outside of the relief camps and planning are being made to register all of them. The situation in Bajaur Agency is relatively calm and therefore, we hoped that the displaced families will move to their native homes soon and the vacant space would be utilized by IDPs from Swat and Buner districts, he said. The Relief Commissioner said the NWFP Government and he were in close touch with UN aid agencies to help rehabilitate the displaced persons in different areas of the frontier province. Hundreds of families from Swat and Buner districts have started migration from their homeland to safer areas of the province as they are facing the great problems of food, clothes, hygiene and clean drinking water facilities in these hot days. To overcome the suffering of Internally Displaced Peoples of Swat, Buner and Malakand Division, he sought the active cooperation and generous assistance of humanitarian community consisting of UN agencies (UNICEF, WHO, UNFPA, UNHCR, WFP, UNHABITAT, and UNESCO), NGOs and international donor organizations. As an urgent measure, he said that Rs.5million were released to each DCOs of Charsadda, Mardan, Sawabi, Dir Lower, Dir Upper, Buner, Swat while Rs.1million would be given to the DCO Shangla to help minimize suffering of affected population. The NWFP Government has also diverted Rs.140million from the earthquake relief fund to the IDPs, adding that it would help provide quick relief to affected families. The Finance Department will extend a helping hand in expeditious transfer of money to PRC and DCOs concerned by issuing special instructions to Accountant General NWFP and DAOs concerned in view of the emergent situation. The Relief Commissioner said that effective strategy have been chalked out to provide better hygiene, drinking water and health facilities to IDPs in the camps. Also, he said that security plan has been chalked out to thwart the nefarious designs of anti-state elements. And that the divisional and district administration on the directives of the provincial government, have started registration process at Ghudao Katling, Jalala, Chargali Rustam, Mulyano Kili and TB Hospital Baghdada. The Relief Commissioner NWFP, Jamil Amjad urged the philanthropists, civil society and donor agencies to help contribute generously to overcome problems faced by the Internally Displaced Peoples

1 comment:

Qrratugai said...

My heart goes out to all these IDPs! May Allah grant them, and the rest of the oppressed people of the world, the peace, security, and happiness they so deserve!