Atmeh IDP settlement shelter density in Dana Subdistrict, Harem District, Idlib Governorate, Syria

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This map illustrates density of satellite-detected shelters and other buildings at the Atmeh Internally Displaced Persons settlement in Dana Subdistrict, Harem District, Idlib Governorate, Syria. As of 12 July 2017, a total of 14,569 shelters were detected as well as 217 infrastructure and support buildings within the displayed area. This represents an increase in structures of over 88% since the previous UNOSAT analysis using an image from 22 May 2015, when the number of shelters was 7,684 and the number of infrastructure and support buildings was 171 within the same area. The full UNOSAT analysis detected 45,591 structures over the Dana Subdistrict as of 12 July 2017. This is a preliminary analysis and has not yet been validated in the field. Please send ground feedback to UNITAR-UNOSAT.


Date of Dataset Nov 28, 2017
Expected Update Frequency Live

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This is a preliminary assessment and has not yet been validated in the field. It is important to consider the characteristics of the source imagery used in the analyses when interpreting results. For damage assessments it should be noted that only significant damage to the structural integrity of the buildings analyzed can be seen in imagery, while minor damage such as cracks or holes may not be visible at all. For flood extractions using radar data it is important to note that urban areas and highly vegetated areas may mask the flood signature and result in underestimation of flood waters. Users with specific questions or concerns should contact to seek clarification.