1st Sep 2009, Peshawar: Jean-Maurice Ripert of France has been appointed Special UN Envoy for Assistance to Pakistan
UN completed a high-level mission to Mingora in Swat District to assess the prevailing humanitarian situation
All 4,830 schools occupied by IDPs have been vacated and rehabilitation of schools has started
Situation Overview: According to the government, as of 24th August over 233,450 families of the 329,000 families registered and verified by the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) Government as Internally Displaced People (IDPs), have returned to their places of origin. The districts to which the people have returned are: Nowshera, Peshawar, Mardan, Charsadda and Swabi. The above is again based on the reports from the UN. Many of the IDPs still haven’t received the IDP status as they have been living with their friends and families. The Sikhs who came from Khuram Agency and Orakzai Agency fall in this category.
Number of camps closed : 13
Camps still open: 17 (across the NWFP)
Updates from Swat and Buner: Humanitarian actors, mainly NGOs, INGOs and the Red Cross/Red crescent are operating in the District. With the increasing humanitarian presence, a coordination mechanism will have to be established in consultation with the District Authorities, which is the focus right now. The immediate priorities for the people in the Swat and Buner district are:
1) Food Security
2) Livelihood Recovery
5) Restoration of water supply schemes
More updates to flow from Buner region in the upcoming days.
Security: The security situation in the NWFP region remains vulnerable and unpredictable.
UNITED SIKHS Humanitarian Aid Coordinator -Peshawar