A UN migration agency is due to start airlifting thousands of foreign nationals from the Central African Republic, following appeals from neighbouring African countries.
The International Organization for Migration has said the first three IOM charter flights this weekend will repatriate some 800 Chadians from the war torn CAR capital of Bangui to the Chadian capital N’Djamena.
In a statement, the IOM added: "IOM has received requests for assistance from Chad, Niger, Mali, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to evacuate thousands of their most vulnerable, stranded nationals.
"The organisation is also working with Senegal, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria and Cameroon to provide post arrival re-integration assistance to migrants evacuated by their governments."
The departure of the Central African Republic's interim president sparked scenes of joy, but fears of a power vacuum in the warring nation.
Security in the Central African Republic, where even young children have been targeted in a bitter civil war, appears to be deteriorating.
ITV News has found evidence that children are being targeted in one of Africa's bloodiest civil wars.