January 15, 2010
Posted: 09:25 AM ET
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Disaster and emergency experts warn that earthquake-ravaged Haiti is facing fresh tragedy as time becomes ever more crucial to rescue efforts.
They said most people killed in an earthquake die within the first 72 hours.
Rescue efforts in Haiti have been chaotic, hampered by a lack of resources and infrastructure, and emergency workers face a race against the clock to save those feared still trapped under rubble and to keep the injured and hungry alive.
Friday will be pivotal, said Tammam Aloudat, senior officer for health and emergency for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Geneva, Switzerland.
After Friday, Aloudat said, aid workers should focus their energy on those who survived the quake to prevent further tragedy and unnecessary loss of life.
"Very soon, attention should go to avoiding epidemics," he said.
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