Satellite imagery analysis shows less displaced people in Somalia

Satellite imagery analysis shows less displaced people in Somalia

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Switzerland: UNOSAT has discovered a large population of internally displaced people roaming in and around Mogadishu, Somalia. In its new analytical report released, UNOSAT revealed that less IDPs (Internally displaced person) are living in Mogadishu city than earlier. The report is the sixth in a series of IDP analyses done by UNOSAT since 2011 and is based on a time-series analysis of shelter concentrations within the city using multiple satellite images. Satellites used for this job by the experts at UNOSAT include Quick Bird, World View 1 and 2, Geo Eye 1, and Pleiades.

An estimate of the total number of IDP structures located in Mogadishu indicates a minimum figure of at least 55,000, mostly informal shelters. The number of IDP camps has significantly reduced in multiple areas of Mogadishu. A total of 324 distinct IDP shelter concentrations were within Mogadishu, representing a decrease of 56 IDP sites since the previous UNOSAT analysis based on satellite imagery dating June 2013.

Source: Unitar