Somali refugees continue to arrive in Kenya in large numbers

Somali refugees

The number of Somali refugees who continue to arrive in the Dadaab refugee camps in north-east Kenya has increased to a daily average of 1,500.

That's up from 1,300 a day in July, the UN's Refugee Agency says.

To cope with the growing numbers, UNHCR has put in place a huge humanitarian operation at the border between Kenya and Somalia.

UNHCR spokesman William Spindler says it's putting a huge strain on the organization's capacity to respond to the crisis.

"We desperately need funding to respond to this crisis. For instance at the moment we urgently need 45,000 tents in order to accommodate many of the people who are already here but are in inadequate accommodation and some of those who will be coming in the next weeks and months."

Over 420,000 Somalis fleeing drought and famine in their country are currently registered in Dadaab.

UNHCR has made an appeal to donors for $145 million but has only received 40% of the amount so far.

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