Refugees pushing aid services past limits

March 29, 2013 at 2:52 PM

BEIRUT, Lebanon, March 29 (UPI) -- The United Nations says it is supplying aid to nearly 400,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon, exceeding forecasts, and local communities are strained.

Aid groups now expect the number of new arrivals to exceed the 500,000 that had been projected to flee Syria for Lebanon by this summer, The (Beirut) Daily Star reported Friday.

Funding to help the refugees is far below what is necessary, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees says in a report.

Lebanese cities continue to receive refugees, the report said, but their hospitality "is becoming increasingly strained by their limited resources and the increasing rate of new arrivals."

Refugees looking for work have pushed unemployment up while driving wages down, the report said.

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