UN seeks US$ 487.9 million to help Syrian refugeesListen /
The United Nations says it will require nearly 500 million dollars to respond to the Syrian refugee crisis up from 200 million dollars requested earlier this year.
Aid agencies estimate that the number of Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey will increase from the current 300,000 to over 700,000 by the end of the year.
The UN refugee agency UNHCR says up to three thousand Syrian refugees are crossing into neighbouring countries daily.
Aid agencies say more funding was needed to preposition supplies in view of the coming winter months.
Panos Moumtzis is UNHCR's Regional Coordinator for Syrian refugees.
"Part of the increase is due to new arrivals, the second part is due to the increased number of Syrian refugees who are already in the neighbouring countries and in particular in Jordan and Lebanon and who are now coming forward to register, either due to protection needs or to vulnerability and in need of assistance. We only have one third of the funding to be able to respond so continuous generous response from donor countries at this crucial moment as we are entering the winter period it is extremely important. We are running out of time and we need the funding urgently to be able to respond and to continue supporting the Syrian refugees."