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Number of people displaced by fighting in north Pakistan tops 180,000

© UNHCR/T.Irwin. Displaced men wait to be registered at Jalozai camp. They fled fighting in the north-west between government forces and militants.

The number of people displaced since January this year by a government security operation under way in the Khyber Agency in north-west Pakistan has passed 180,000. Significant numbers of new arrivals are approaching UNHCR at the Jalozai camp for the internally displaced, which is located near the city of Peshawar in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

UNHCR's response is part of an inter-agency effort supporting the government's Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA). Inside Jalozai, 72 registration desks have been established to keep pace with the flow of new arrivals. The operation is registering about 10,000 people a day. The vast majority of those registered – 85 per cent – choose not to live in the Jalozai camp, opting instead to stay with friends, relatives or in rented accommodation, but around 11,000 families, or more than 50,000 people, have moved into Jalozai.

UNHCR has distributed more than 37,000 humanitarian relief kits, which include items such as sleeping mats and jerry cans, while sister 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 area of Jalozai that is being used to house the new arrivals. Adequate space remains at the camp to accommodate additional families and systems are also in place to identify and assist those people with particular protection concerns.

Since 2008 more than 650,000 people are displaced in Pakistan's Khyber Pakkhtunkhwa province and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas as a result of security operations against militant group.

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