Scenes from Indonesia where about 80,000 are dead and the main city is 60 percent destroyed reveal how much work lies ahead.
Khao Lak says, “In Thailand, foreign forensic experts raced to identify the dead while urging local authorities not to cremate bodies, but with the hot weather and fear of disease, time is running out.”
Khunying Ponthip Rojanasuan of the Central Institute of Forensic Science says, "It has become very difficult because of the condition of body shows severe decomposition."
In Sri Lanka, they're still pulling bodies from train wreckage. When waves plucked the train off its tracks, a family got off the train; most of the 1,000 passengers did not and died.
"Water, wheels were coming fast, they had no chance of getting off."
With a death toll of more 115,000 across 12 countries and bodies still washing ashore, it's as if the nightmare will never end.
Kofi Annan, UN Secretary General, says, "There are places still haven’t been accessed. As you gain access to these areas you find additional horrors."
Finding help hasn't been hard. Donations from world governments now total $500 million, and the UN joined a coalition of nations led by the United States.
After signing a condolence book at Thailand's embassy in Washington Thursday, Secretary of State Colin Powell said more help is on the way.
Secretary of State Colin Powell says, "It's not just a humanitarian effort, it's a rebuilding effort."
Next week when lawmakers return to work, a proposed aid package, a congressional delegation plans to visit the devastation.