PESHAWAR - Fearing threats to their lives, thousands of people from both Dir and Buner districts have stared migration to peaceful and safe areas of the region. Around 30,000 people have left their homes in Maidan area of Lower Dir, remarked NWFP Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain in his chat with media on Tuesday. However, the local people at Dir believed that around 40,000 people have left their homes and migrated to safer and peaceful areas. Besides Dir, a large number of families from Buner, whereas Taliban are muscling for averting military action against them, are also migrating to other districts of the province. Apart from local people from scattered areas, hundreds of families from the refugees camp at Kawga are also leaving their mud houses and are moving towards peaceful and safe areas. The Afghan families are struggling to adjust themselves with the countryman, already residing in other tent villages or in cities and towns throughout the country. An Afghan refugee when contacted confirmed fleeing of hundreds of families from the camp. He said that in fact, Taliban militants had established their headquarter for the whole region in a closed hospital at refugees camp. The hospital was established by International Medical Corps (IMC) in early 80s when the government established the camp in the area. Now the camp is in occupation of Taliban militants. From 70 to 80 Taliban are camping in the compound and they included non-local and even foreigners from Central Asian Republics. Haji Bahadar Khan from Kankawai village of Buner district informed that people from the area were slipping to Rustam and Katlang, towns of Mardan, and also to Naranji, Mirali and Shewa, towns of Swabi district. A dweller from Totalai town also confirmed migration from all over the district to adjacent Swabi and Haripur districts. A large number of influential families having dual residences have also abandoned their houses for Abbottabad and Peshawar. Federal Minister for States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) Najamuddin Khan when contacted said that registration of the displaced people is in progress and on its completion, the people could be adjusted. So far the government functionaries were taking step to provide maximum relief to the people. He said that there exists maximum coordination between the federal and provincial governments. AFP adds: Up to 30,000 people have left Maidan in Lower Dir district over the past few days, Mian Iftikhar Hussain, NWFP information minister, told a news conference. We are making arrangements for them in Peshawar, Nowshera and Timargarah districts. Residents said thousands of terrified people, mostly women and children, left the area with their belongings after troops and helicopter gunships launched the operation over the weekend. One local charity said it had registered 2,241 displaced families so far. My uncle was working in the fields when he was wounded in helicopter shelling, Hayat Khan 36, one of those who fled the fighting, told AFP. I came to Timargarah with my wife, children and a sister whose husband lives in Dubai. I cannot see them dying there, Khan said, adding that his uncle had been admitted to a hospital in Timargarah. I saw helicopters targeting hills in Maidan yesterday, said 40-year old Omar Zeb, who arrived in Timargarah with 16 other relatives including brother, nephews and nieces. There was intense artillery shelling last night, my children were scared, none of us could sleep the whole night. We left at dawn, fearing the fighting would escalate. Meanwhile, officials from NWFP warned that up to one million people are displaced in northwest where militants are feeding on local discontent and strife. Officials from North West Frontier Province appealed for international relief aid at an unprecedented meeting with relief agencies and donor countries in Geneva on Tuesday. We are hearing a lot of pledges and promises made from the international community to Pakistan, and many of them are for security, for the police and the army, but the civilians are not getting what they are supposed to, said Sitara Ayaz, minister for social welfare and development in the province. In our province we need more support and help from the international community, she said after the two-day meeting in Geneva. The UNs World Food Programme is working on an estimate of about 600,000 people for food aid in the area, spokeswoman Emilia Casella told AFP. Local officials put the figure at closer to one million, with about 80 percent of them housed with friends or relatives - sometimes five or six families to a home. It is a serious humanitarian situation of major magnitude, warned Dennis McNamara, an adviser at the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, which organised the meeting. The registered UN figure for displaced civilians is over half a million. The NWFP relief commissioner says if we get registration completed it may be closer to a million in total. It is a certainly a major displacement, one of the worlds biggest if these figures are right, added McNamara, a former senior UN refugee official. Participants at the Geneva meeting said impoverished civilians were paying the price for the unrest and the humanitarian strife, and were easily wooed by militants such as the Taliban. They can easily be recruited, because they are bitter and they have suffered, said one of the participants from North West Frontier Province.