ISLAMABAD - United Nations (UN) here Wednesday appreciated the role of Pakistan in grappling with different catastrophes and crises that it faced over the years. Martin Mogwanja, UN Humanitarian Coordinator, while addressing a media briefing said that Pakistan faced multiple natural disasters and catastrophes and tackled them courageously. He recalled the earthquake 2005, Balochistan earthquake in 2008 and other natural calamities in the form of floods, which, according to him, were faced bravely by Pakistan. Pakistan has refined its own ability to respond to these crises and come out of every crisis with remarkable courage, Martin said. Giving details of the IDPs situation, the Human Coordinator said that 800,000 displaced persons had already returned to their hometowns, the said number of the IDPs didnt include those 140,000 who returned to Buner. Martin said around 33 per cent of the total of 2.3 million IDPs were back to their homes but still a large number of the people needed to be taken to their respective towns. Although a substantial number of people have returned homes, yet still there is a large number of masses who need help and assistance in reaching their homes, he added. The UN official gave details of the food distribution and educational mechanism in conflict region. The statistics as mentioned by Mogwanja revealed that in July, over 28,800 metric tonne of food was distributed among 2,045,876 IDPs, 91 per cent of them lived in host communities while rest of them were in camps. 2,797 schools still being used as shelters by IDPs would not be vacated before September 1, when schools would reopen after summer vacations. Martin said UN was also focussing on supporting the registration of those IDPs who might be displaced because of a possible military operation in South Waziristan in near future. The water supply in these areas would be a major problem that has to be reinforced, he added. Other issues, Mogwana pointed, were monsoon and funding. Due to the monsoon threat, some camps were closed and IDPs were taken to safer locations, and precipitation during this monsoon has been 30 per cent lower than expected, as forecasted by metrological department, he said. Regarding funding, the UN representative said that 44 per cent or $ 241 million were collected so far, excluding $25m for IDPs as pledged by Canada. Kilian Kleinschmidt, Assistant Representative UNHCR, termed the existing IDPs crisis as a complex one. On one hand, camps are being vacated, while on the other, some IDPs from host communities and different localities are moving to camps, its really a complex situation, he added. Giving details of the evacuation of the camps, Kilian said since July 13, nine camps had been formally vacated, out of which 6 were administered by UNHCR and remaining 3 were being looked after by Red Cross. He said 160,000 IDPs were still sheltering in the camps and their needs must be responded instantly, besides the existence of some non-recognised or informal camps. Further statistics, as mentioned by the UNHNCR official, revealed that some 700 families had been relocated to Jalala camp and 121 families were relocated to Jalozai Camp from other camps. Two camps, one each by UNHCR and Red Cross, were established in Lower Dir. The IDPs have great advantage, they can relocate to other camps from any camp, Kleinschmidt added. He said 9,000 tents and 2,000 house repairing kits were distributed in Swabi and Mardan. The assistant representative further said 166,785 individuals were now left in all camps, while 366 newly arrived IDP families had been registered in Jalozai Camp containing 2,562 individuals. Responding to a query about the contradictory information regarding the exact number of returned IDPs, Kleinschmidt said that it was very difficult to determine the exact number of returnees in such displacement crisis, but tentatively, the number of returnees was around 800,000 or 765,000. Responding to another question regarding the slowness in the influx of aid, Martin Mogwanja agreed that the influx of the aid was very slow with 44 per cent of the total required amount of $542 million collected so far. We would continue to press international community for more funds, the funds collected so far are not enough to rehabilitate IDPs on long-term basis, he added.