AMWT starts emergency relief measures for IDPs

LAHORE:,,, A relief team of Al Mustafa Welfare Trust (AMWT – UK) has returned after monitoring the IDPs camps in Bannu. The team has checked the residence, food and medical facilities being provided by the federal and provincial governments of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for the people who migrated from the war zone of North Waziristan.

Chairman Al Mustafa Welfare Trust Abdul Razzaq Sajid said that when our team reached at Bannu, no government organization found busy in relief activities in camps. He said army has established a camp for IDPs but they were not allowing charity organizations for relief work there, while the IDPs were also not being allowed for any movement outside the camp.

He said that one hundred thousand IDPs were given shelter in school buildings, open areas, private properties or rented buildings and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Disaster Management Authority (KPDMA) was supplying food items to these families. He said the provincial authority has failed in providing the facilities like electricity, clean drinking water, milk for infants, cattle’s fodder, education and books for school children, arrangements against heat stroke and security to women in IDPs camps.

Sajid said that some members of families who migrated from Azad Mandi of North Waziristan said that the government did not arrange any transport for the local people after army operation against Taliban and their cattle heads died. The provincial government has set up medical camps but there was acute shortage of medical staff and medicines.

A person Attiqur Rehman, resident of Murali Bazar, told the relief team that some 50 persons reached at Bannu from their home town but only five persons received food package, while their cattle heads died during the operation.

Chairman Al Mustafa Abdul Razzaq Sajid said that there was only District Headquarters Hospital at Bannu where medical facilities were available for IDPs but the government was not providing proper indoor facilities and medicines to the poor patients. He said due to power load shedding the contaminated water and unhygienic food to most of the people were being served, which was creating certain problems for them.

He said that Al Mustafa has started the emergency relief activities and the first consignment of relief items has been sent to IDPs and patron in chief of Al Mustafa Haji Muhammad Hanif Tayyab is supervising the relief work. He appealed the philanthropists to support the war affected families.

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