Pakhtunkhwa Times

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Report

Posted in 1 by ppfcanada on February 1, 2009

RAWALPINDI, Jan 31: The United Nations Office for the Coordination of
Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has projected that the situation in Swat
valley and the tribal areas would aggravate during the year, causing a
fresh displacement of up to 625,000 people.

“An analysis indicates that there is a significant likelihood of large-
scale clashes and intensified military offensives throughout 2009, and
possibly into 2010,” the study said.

According to the OCHA’s “humanitarian response plan”, the displacement
would exacerbate an “already complex humanitarian situation”.

Population movements have been fluid and more constant in comparison
with August; the conflict continues with no sign of abating.

The situation in Swat district was particularly alarming, with areas
under militant control receiving very little or no assistance. Large
portions of Swat district remain under curfew or inaccessible to aid
agencies.

The security situation creates constraints for the adequate delivery
of assistance to the entire affected population. The situation in Swat
district and Fata remains particularly challenging and off-limits for
most humanitarian agencies, as military operations continue with parts
of the area under de facto control of non-state actors, the report
says.

The OCHA has announced that an amount of $127 million will be required
to assist newly displaced persons. With $29 million in funding
available from original appeal for the Pakistan Humanitarian Response
Plan, this leaves an unmet requirement of $98 million for 2009, it
explained in a statement.

In Swat district, fighting is on the rise with 50 per cent of its 1.8
million inhabitants affected by the conflict and a large number of
individuals displaced.

Until now, 232,720 displaced people have been registered in nine
districts of the NWFP.

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