UNITED NATIONS - The UN refugee agency Monday airlifted the first of three consignments of emergency relief supplies for famine-stricken people in Somalias capital, Mogadishu. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said the chartered cargo plane that landed in Mogadishu Monday was carrying more than 31 tons of shelter material and other relief items from the agencys emergency stocks in Dubai. The consignment comprises some 2,500 emergency assistance packages (EAPs), which include plastic sheeting for shelter, sleeping mats and blankets, jerry cans for water storage, as well as kitchen utensils. The second flight is due in Mogadishu on Thursday and a third one next week. UNHCR said it has been shipping relief supplies to Mogadishu by sea and land, but due to the large number of people seeking help in the city after fleeing their famine-hit villages in Somalis southern region, the agency decided to airlift supplies to save time. An estimated 100,000 Somalis have gone to Mogadishu over the past two months in search of food, water, shelter and other forms of humanitarian assistance. There were already over 370,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Mogadishu before the latest influx.