A growing exodus of displaced Syrians to Jordan is leading to overcrowding in refugee facilities, The Jordan Times reported.
"We are averaging 2,500 to 3,000 persons per night and we have to find accommodation for them," the newspaper reported Andrew Harper, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) representative in Jordan, as saying Thursday (February 21st).
According to the UNHCR, the Syrian refugee influx into Jordan has reached an average pace of 70,000 new arrivals per month, pushing the country's sole camp, the Zaatari refugee camp, past its full capacity.
A second refugee camp is soon to be opened near the city of Zarqa and plans for a third camp are under way.
"It takes months to plan, build and prepare refugee camps, but unfortunately, with the numbers we are seeing right now it will only take days and weeks to fill them," Harper said.
"We need to prepare an ambitious plan for establishing further refugee camps in order to avoid a humanitarian emergency," he said.