Some 62,000 people are believed to have fled North Waziristan ahead of the military operation Zarb-i-Azb, government figures said. Although many consider the actual figure to be much greater.

The government is building camps just outside Bannu, but in the blistering summer heat — 47 degrees C on June 16 — refugees are avoiding coming to these because of a lack of shade, electricity and running water.

A tribal girl peeks out after fleeing her village in North Waziristan, in Bannu, June 17, 2014. — Photo by AP
A tribal girl peeks out after fleeing her village in North Waziristan, in Bannu, June 17, 2014. — Photo by AP
Children whose families fled the military operation in North Waziristan pose for a photograph in Bannu, June 16, 2014. — Photo by AFP
Children whose families fled the military operation in North Waziristan pose for a photograph in Bannu, June 16, 2014. — Photo by AFP
Families take shelter at a school after fleeing from North Waziristan, in Bannu, June 17, 2014. — Photo by AP
Families take shelter at a school after fleeing from North Waziristan, in Bannu, June 17, 2014. — Photo by AP
An internally displaced family from North Waziristan, escaping a military offensive against militants in the region, rest at a school in Bannu on June 17, 2014. — Photo by AFP
An internally displaced family from North Waziristan, escaping a military offensive against militants in the region, rest at a school in Bannu on June 17, 2014. — Photo by AFP
Families arrive in Bannu after fleeing their villages in North Waziristan, June 17, 2014. — Photo by AP
Families arrive in Bannu after fleeing their villages in North Waziristan, June 17, 2014. — Photo by AP
Tribespeople buy fruit from a vendor during a curfew relaxation in Miramshah, June 17, 2014. — Photo by AFP
Tribespeople buy fruit from a vendor during a curfew relaxation in Miramshah, June 17, 2014. — Photo by AFP
Children fleeing the military offensive against militants in North Waziristan eat their meal while taking refuge with their families in a school building in Bannu. — Photo by Reuters
Children fleeing the military offensive against militants in North Waziristan eat their meal while taking refuge with their families in a school building in Bannu. — Photo by Reuters
Families arrive in Bannu after fleeing their villages in North Waziristan, June 17, 2014. — Photo by AP
Families arrive in Bannu after fleeing their villages in North Waziristan, June 17, 2014. — Photo by AP
Civilians fleeing a military operation in North Waziristan arrive in Bannu on June 17, 2014. — Photo by AFP
Civilians fleeing a military operation in North Waziristan arrive in Bannu on June 17, 2014. — Photo by AFP
Villager Aftab Khan takes shelter at a school after fleeing from North Waziristan. Photo taken in Bannu, June 17, 2014. — AP
Villager Aftab Khan takes shelter at a school after fleeing from North Waziristan. Photo taken in Bannu, June 17, 2014. — AP
Security personnel keep watch at a checkpoint in Hangu, a town in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, on June 17, 2014. — Photo by AFP
Security personnel keep watch at a checkpoint in Hangu, a town in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, on June 17, 2014. — Photo by AFP
Internally displaced children from North Waziristan play as they shelter with their family at a school in Bannu on June 17, 2014. — Photo by AFP
Internally displaced children from North Waziristan play as they shelter with their family at a school in Bannu on June 17, 2014. — Photo by AFP

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event horizon Jun 18, 2014 03:30pm

I hope someone is looking after the IDPs. I sense a complete lack of responsibility from provincial or federal governments. I also hope someone is monitoring the IDPs because militants may be hiding among IDP and need to be spotted and taken care of.

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Sami Jun 19, 2014 02:31pm

A lot of people are amassing these camps from Punjab and KKP and waiting for aid in cash.

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Aslam Jun 20, 2014 09:50am

Rulers made them beggars !

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