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15 lakh civilians displaced by fighting in Pak's northwest

world Updated: May 21, 2009 14:36 IST

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Concerned over the plight of civilians uprooted by violence in Pakistan's Taliban-infested northwest, the UN refugee agency says an estimated one lakh displaced people have got themselves registered on daily basis recently at various points set up for them in NWFP, taking their number to almost 15 lakh.

It is crucial to set up more camps and ensure speedy access to assistance as nearly 15 lakh people have escaped fighting between Pakistani troops and militants in the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) in recent weeks, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

"Thousands of displaced people continue to arrive in camps and to approach registration centres," UNHCR spokesperson Ron Redmond told reporters.

He said that on average, some 100,000 people have got themselves registered daily in the 89 registration points established in Mardan, Swabi, Nowshera, Peshawar, Kohat and Charsaddda districts of NWFP.

With reports of thousands of new arrivals in Abottabad, Manshera and Haripur districts, the agency is planning to help set up more registration centres to ensure the internally displaced persons (IDPs) can get the help they need as quickly as possible, he added.