Africa

Uganda warns of strain under huge South Sudan refugee influx

  • FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 29, 2016 file photo, refugees wait for U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi to arrive at a transit center for South Sudanese refugees in the remote northwestern district of Adjumani, near the border with South Sudan, in Uganda. More than 1.5 million South Sudanese have become refugees and their humanitarian needs are overwhelming aid efforts during the country's civil war, according to the United Nations. (AP Photo/Stephen Wandera, File)

    FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 29, 2016 file photo, refugees wait for U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi to arrive at a transit center for South Sudanese refugees in the remote northwestern district of Adjumani, near the border with South Sudan, in Uganda. More than 1.5 million South Sudanese have become refugees and their humanitarian needs are overwhelming aid efforts during the country's civil war, according to the United Nations. (AP Photo/Stephen Wandera, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 29, 2016 file photo, refugees prepare food during the visit of U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi to a transit center for South Sudanese refugees in the remote northwestern district of Adjumani, near the border with South Sudan, in Uganda. More than 1.5 million South Sudanese have become refugees and their humanitarian needs are overwhelming aid efforts during the country's civil war, according to the United Nations. (AP Photo/Stephen Wandera, File)

    FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 29, 2016 file photo, refugees prepare food during the visit of U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi to a transit center for South Sudanese refugees in the remote northwestern district of Adjumani, near the border with South Sudan, in Uganda. More than 1.5 million South Sudanese have become refugees and their humanitarian needs are overwhelming aid efforts during the country's civil war, according to the United Nations. (AP Photo/Stephen Wandera, File)  (The Associated Press)

Uganda is warning its resources are strained by the hundreds of thousands of refugees who continue to flee violence in South Sudan and Burundi.

Apollo Kazungu, a government commissioner in charge of refugees, told The Associated Press on Friday that authorities will have to "be more creative."

He says many refugees are getting half rations of maize meal and beans.

Uganda's government has been praised for running a tolerant resettlement program for refugees who are often allocated small plots of land to grow their own food.

But Kazungu says allocating plots may no longer be feasible if more refugees arrive, and authorities may have to consider ideas like building dormitories.

The United Nations says over 670,000 South Sudanese refugees are sheltering in Uganda, which also hosts over 45,000 Burundian refugees.