About 37,474 Burundi refugees had so far crossed into  Tanzania as  of May  13  while 25,455 people had crossed into Rwanda as of 11 May, with 8,750 in Democratic Republic of the Congo as of 12 May, , comprising 15,452 new arrivals in Nyarangusu Camp. 
A further 20,000 were reported to be waiting in Kagunga village, and 2,022 on the way to Nyarangusu Camp.
United Nations relief agencies have last week  agreed to develop a regional response plan to deal with the exodus of refugees fleeing Burundi to neighbouring countries, as the situation in the crisis-gripped east African nation continues to deteriorate weeks after election-related political tensions and violence erupted.
Regional Representatives from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP) reached the agreement during a two-day inter-agency consultation in Nairobi, Kenya that concluded  last week.
The plan will be finalised before the end of May and cover an initial period of six months starting 1 April 2015, the date when refugee flows started.
Some 55,000 asylum seekers from Burundi have sought refuge in neighbouring Rwanda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) countries over the past six weeks and those numbers are expected to rapidly rise.
Explaining the consultative process to donors Stefano Severe, Regional Refugee Coordinator for the Great Lakes Refugee Situation and UNHCR's Regional Representative in the DRC said that UNHCR has been monitoring developments in the Great Lakes Region, particularly population movements and forced displacement linked to scenarios in eastern DRC and Burundi.
He added that he had met with Said Djinnit, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes to explore synergies between the political and peacebuilding initiatives carried out by and on behalf of the Secretary-General. The Regional Refugee Coordinator commended UN and non-governmental organisation partners' ongoing efforts to protect and assist persons affected by the Burundi crisis.
"While focusing on emergency response, I would like to reiterate the primacy of protection, the importance of placing 'Human Rights Up Front' and of including durable solutions in our responses," Severe said, adding that the emergency response an include support to early recovery as a lifesaving measure as emphasised by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC), the World Bank and the UN Development Programme (UNDP).
Regional partners will be looking to harmonise approaches, planning scenarios and projections of refugee numbers as well as priority actions and minimum standards of response across the affected countries. The Burundi population is highly vulnerable, and with escalating prices of basic commodities in the country, the imperative of quick effective responses to their needs cannot be overstated.
Popular protest erupted after the country's ruling National Council for the Defence of Democracy - Forces for the Defence of Democracy (CNDD-FDD) party nominated on 26 April Nkurunziza as its presidential candidate for a third term.

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