Iraq: Displacement Tracking Matrix | DTM Round 78 - August 2017 [EN/AR/KU]
From 31 July 2017 to 31 August:
• As of 31 August 2017, the DTM has identified 3,259,872 internally displaced persons (543,312 families) displaced after January 2014, dispersed across 99 districts and 3,734 locations in Iraq. For the same period, DTM has identified 2,171,034 returnees (361,839 families).
• Overall, the total number of identified IDPs decreased by approximately 1% (35,730 individuals). Decreases were recorded across 12 governorates with peaks in Dahuk (6% or 23,808) and in Baghdad (6% or 16,530).
• Anbar governorate recorded a significant increase (11% or 11,388). The displacement is in anticipation of the military operations expected to be launched in west Anbar.
• The returnee population increased by 5% (99,054 individuals). The two governorates with the highest increase in returnee population were Anbar (6% or 58,314) and Ninewa (8% or 28,740).
Considering the available information and the DTM methodology, the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) is maintaining the planning figures for the humanitarian response at 3.3 million internally displaced persons.
On 20 August 2017 the military operations to retake Telafar and surrounding areas were launched. The DTM has been monitoring preemptive displacement movements from these areas since spring, and with greater intensity since the second half of July after the conclusion of the military operations to retake the city of Mosul.
Most displacement took place along a few main axes, through Badush, Masaid and Muhalabiyah areas, in Mosul district. Most IDPs, gathered at mustering points, eventually reached Hammam al-Aleel screening site, from where they proceeded to camps and out-of-camp locations. The DTM set up two integrated monitoring systems, a flow monitoring system at Hammam al-Aleel screening site and the usual Emergency Tracking, which tracks the IDP population at the location of displacement.
As of 31 August 2017, the DTM ET has identified 34,256 individuals displaced because of the operations in Telafar. Of these, 25,116 were identified in camps, screening sites and emergency sites, and the remaining in out-of-camp locations. Of the total population displaced before and after the beginning of the operations, 28,892 transited through Hammam al-Aleel screening site during the month of August.
The IDP populations displaced from the district of Hawija remained quite stable in August, recording an increase of 2% (2,262 individuals). Clashes in Hawija started in early 2016 and intensified around the month of August of the same year. The operations stalled since the beginning of Mosul offensive in October 2016 and have not resumed yet; however, they are expected to be launched shortly. From August 2016 to 28 August 2017, the DTM had identified 100,896 individuals displaced from Hawija. Of these, 51% are displaced to Salah al-Din governorate and 43% to Kirkuk governorate. The remaining IDPs are distributed across Baghdad, Erbil, Ninewa and Qadissiya governorates. The number is expected to grow further once the operations start.
During the reporting period, also the number of IDPs from Mosul remained stable. Almost no further displacement was recorded while the number of returnees increased by 7% (17,694).
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