United Nations and U.S. officials have declared the end of the “urgent” relief operations in quake-hit Haiti, citing that the most immediate needs have been addressed, Bloomberg reports.

“We are out of the urgent phase,” said Dr. Henriette Chamouillet, who leads the World Health Organization’s operations in Haiti, in a video conference Jan. 27.

In addition to the restoration of drinking water supplies, the operation of the electrical grid is expected to be back in several weeks, according to Col. Rick Kaiser, commander of the U.S. Army’s 20th engineering brigade.

U.S. State Department spokesman Gordon Duguid, meanwhile, said the flow of aid is surpassing delivery capacity.

“There isn’t capacity to bring in all the supplies that are offered,” he said.

Duguid  reported about the challenges of delivering aid to some pockets, particularly in areas where big groups of people only get aid through one delivery point.

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    Eliza Villarino is an associate editor for Devex and leads the company's news team in Manila. She played a critical role in conceptualizing the Development Newswire. Prior to joining Devex in 2004, she has already published articles and news briefs for Internet media organizations and for the Institute for Ethics and Economic Policy at Fordham University in New York. She earned her bachelor's in political science and master's in public affairs from the University of the Philippines. Eliza is a member of Mensa Philippines.