Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos said on Tuesday the country needs international aid to help cope with the humanitarian crisis caused by hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans fleeing over the border to escape the economic crisis at home.
"I appreciate the offers of financial and other aid from the international community. We are fully prepared to receive them. We need them because unfortunately this problem gets worse day by day," Santos said at an event in Bogota.
Last week, Santos tightened border controls and heightened security in frontier towns.
Colombia's migration authority has said that the number of Venezuelans living in Colombia increased 62 percent to more than 550,000 in the second half of 2017. Colombia has estimated that it costs $5 per day to give each Venezuelan migrant food and lodging.
As the number of Venezuelans crossing the border increases, including unattended children who get free vaccinations and education, Colombia estimates it would