The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday stressed the urgency of humanitarian organizations making sure people who survived the earthquake "continue to survive” now.
Speaking at a press conference in Geneva, the WHO's incident response manager Robert Holden warned there were “a lot of people” surviving “out in the open, in worsening and horrific conditions."
We’ve got major disruptions to basic water supplies, we’ve got major disruption to fuel, electricity supplies, communication supplies, the basics of life,” Holden said.
“We are in real danger of seeing a secondary disaster which may cause harm to more people than the initial disaster if we don't move with the same pace and intensity as we are doing on the search and rescue side,” Holden added.
Holden went on to emphasize the importance of ensuring that people had “the basic elements to survive the next period.”
”This is no easy task by any stretch of the imagination," Holden said, adding the "scale of the operation is massive."
"There's a sense of purpose and a sense of focus. And that focus isn't just about search and rescue, that focus is about ensuring people continue to survive and have what they need to be able to do so," Holden concluded.