CAR president takes refuge as situation in Bangui worsens
25 March 2013 Last updated at 21:23 GMT
Ousted CAR leader Francois Bozize has fled to neighbouring Cameroon, officials there have announced.
Looters and armed gangs roamed the streets of Bangui after rebel leader Michel Djotodia's forces captured the presidential palace on Sunday.
Following the rebel takeover, the African Union has suspended CAR and imposed sanctions on Seleka's leaders.
Tens of thousands of people have fled CAR into neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo and Cameroon in recent days, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) says.
Sophie Ikenye reports.