UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations plans to issue another flash appeal on Friday for additional funds to care for the tens and thousands of people displaced from Pakistans northwest where the countrys military is trying to dislodge Taliban militants, a UN spokesperson said Wednesday. At a news briefing in New York, Spokesperson Marie Okabe gave no figure for the amount being sought, saying it will be based on the needs of the UN agencies engaged in the enormous relief work. Soon after the Pakistani military launched its operations in the Swat valley, the UN had called for $150 million to meet the humanitarian needs of the fleeing civilians. But that amount was now considered insufficient to meet the enormity of the challenge. Meanwhile, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refuges (UNHCR) has said it is crucial to set up more camps and ensure speedy access to assistance. Almost 1.5 million people have escaped fighting between government troops and militants in the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) in recent weeks, according to the UNHCR. Thousands of displaced people continue to arrive in camps and to approach registration centres, UNHCR Spokesman Ron Redmond told reporters in Geneva Wednesday, according to a transcript issued at UN headquarters in New York. He said on average, some 100,000 people have been 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 Abbottabad, Mansehra and Haripur, the agency is planning to help setting up more registration centres to ensure the internally displaced persons (IDPs) can get the help they need as quickly as possible, he added. Of the nearly 1.5 million people that have fled so far, some 131,000 people are staying in camps, with more than 1.3 million staying at private accommodation with host families or friends, and some in schools. The new influx is in addition to the over half a million people registered in NWFP who had fled other parts of the northwest, including the tribal areas, over several months since August 2008. Most of the 15 new camps established this month in response to the new influx are already full, noted Redmond. There is an urgent need to identify new sites and establish new camps. UNHCR is also helping the NWFP ministry of social welfare to carry out a 'fast track registration process to ensure people can get assistance. It is discussing with the authorities a process to crosscheck and verify data in a way that will identify duplicate registrations, inconsistencies and remove people from the earlier influx who may have returned home. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres, who wrapped up a three-day visit to the area last weekend, has called on the international community for a massive support to assist the surging numbers of uprooted people in Pakistan. AFP adds: Civilians trapped by fighting in northwest said Wednesday they were surviving on bread and water as a government offensive against the Taliban closes roads and cuts off food supplies. What little food is available is becoming increasingly expensive, they told AFP, adding to concerns about the humanitarian situation in a troubled region where hospitals have shut their doors and electricity is erratic at best. In the Swat valley, once a popular tourist destination of soaring mountain peaks, families are struggling to survive as the military battles to crush the fighters, with civilians caught in the crossfire. We are a family of 10 people, we have started eating bread with water, said Shaista, a 28-year-old housewife from Bahrain town in Swat, who gave a false name for fear of retribution from the Taliban. There is a severe food shortage. All roads coming to our town are closed. There are no vegetables, no cooking oil, no flour - you can imagine how we are surviving, she told AFP by telephone. Her brother said the only bazaar in Bahrain had been closed for two weeks, while other residents - all of whom spoke to AFP by phone under assumed names - said that where food was available, prices were soaring. Last week I went to nearby Madyan town and managed to buy a bag of flour, but the price had tripled, said Bahrain resident Mohammad Sajid. In almost all the houses people are hungry. They sleep without food at night and the only thing they are surviving on is water, he said. Roads are closed. Shutters are down in all the bazaars and markets, offices and all institutions are locked - these are really becoming ghost towns. Arif Khan, who lives in Madyan town in northern Swat, said the situation was becoming more desperate by the day. Just imagine what the conditions are for the children. The government will have to do something for us, otherwise there will be another humanitarian crisis in these towns, he said. At least they should open the roads and supply food to us. They could even supply it by air... People may start eating grass if the situation persists. More than 1.45 million people have fled the three northwest districts since the fighting erupted, some crowding into camps but the majority piling into relatives homes across the region. Military has called breaks in the fighting and lifted curfews to allow people to flee, but many have been unable to escape during the respites, with roads quickly barricaded again. Hospitals have shut their doors, electricity is erratic, and the bodies of the dead litter the streets in some cut-off areas, those fleeing the fighting have said, while Taliban fighters remain on the streets in many areas. All the towns north of Mingora, including Madyan, Bahrain and Kalam, are facing a bad situation, said Madyan resident Hamayun Khan. Taliban are active in these towns. They are moving here and there, but there are no security forces here. His wife Jamila said there were no vegetables to be found. My family eat gravy, but without any vegetables. It tastes like water, but I have no other option left, she said.