More than 800,000 migrants and refugees have crossed the Mediterranean to Europe this year, the UN said Friday, warning the Greek island of Lesbos especially was overstretched, with thousands, including young children, forced to sleep outside.

Since January, 806,000 people have made the perilous sea journey to Europe, with some 660,700 of them arriving in Greece and 142,400 landing in Italy, new figures from the UN refugee agency showed.

Around 3,460 people have died trying to reach the continent, it said.

While the overall number of arrivals is high, the numbers moving through Lesbos are staggering, UNHCR said, describing a continuing chaotic situation on the Greek island which still has the capacity to accommodate only a fraction of the people pouring in by the thousands.

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