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Over 180,000 people displaced in Pak offensive against militants in Kyber Agency: UN

Islamabad, Sat, 14 Apr 2012 ANI

Islamabad, Apr 14 (ANI): Over 180,000 people have been displaced by the Pakistan government's security operation to target militants in the Khyber Agency in north-west Pakistan, a UN agency has said.

According to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), 85 percent of the registered residents chose to stay with friends, relatives or in rented accommodation rather than in the in the Jalozai camp.

"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," a UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards said.

The UNHCR's response is part of an inter-agency effort supporting the government's Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA).

About 72 registration desks have been established in Jalozai to track the influx of new arrivals. The operation is currently registering about 10,000 new arrivals per day.

The PDMA is set to open two additional registration points, which will serve as hubs for granting humanitarian relief to victims.

The UNHCR has distributed over 37,000 humanitarian relief kits, including items such as sleeping mats and jerry cans and over 4,000 additional tents have been erected in Jalozai to house the new arrivals.

Other 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. (ANI)

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