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Tsunami Death Toll Approaching 115,000

As rescue workers sift through debris and as families search for their loved ones, it's clear the natural disaster that hit 12 countries was of epic proportions.

The Red Cross estimates the death toll will surpass 115,000. The dead haven't all yet been counted.

"The United States will continue to stand with the affected governments as they care for their victims. We will stand with them as they start to rebuild."

President Bush broke from his vacation to publicly assure the world that America's pledge of $35 million is only a start, that workers and supplies are on the way and that the U.S. will lead a coalition of nations in the relief effort.

At his ranch in Crawford Texas, he was asked if the United States is protected from such a disaster.

"Do we have enough of a warning system for the west coast? I am going to, I am now asking that to our agencies and government to let us know."

Governments from Indonesia to Africa are reeling. Streets are still filled with bodies. Many are being buried or cremated without identification. An estimated five million are homeless and hungry. Health officials warn deadly diseases could strike survivors as early as next week.

Andrew Natsios of the Agency for International Development says, “Our efforts are focused with the rest of the international community on water and sanitation because that is the greatest risk to people's lives."

Donelan adds, "President Bush said U.S. embassies in the affected countries are working hard to account for hundreds of missing American tourists."


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