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.