Hostilities displace 76,000 people in northern Pakistan: OCHA

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Displaced people near the Pakistan-Afghan border (© Abdul Majeed Goraya/IRIN)

Thousands of people have been displaced by fighting in northern Pakistan, according to the United Nations humanitarian agency (OCHA).

The agency says the displaced people have been registered in the surrounding areas around the Tirah Valley.

OCHA spokesperson Jens Laerke has more.

"In north Pakistan, in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, over 12,500 families, that is 76,000 people have now been displaced in the Tirah valley since mid March. People have been displaced by an escalation of hostilities both between rival armed groups in the area and in government security operations against these same armed groups. The displaced there, they need food, health care, and protection, our initial assessments show." (27")

Jens Laerke says the government authorities, UN agencies and humanitarian non-governmental organizations are already providing basic assistance.

He adds that they need an additional $25 million to adequately address the needs of the displaced for the remainder of the year.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

Duration: 1'10"

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