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There's no letup in South Asia's misery. The regions devastated by a surging sea are now drenched by torrential rains that are triggering flash floods in Sri Lanka. The death toll is expected to hit 150,000.

A deluge of water once again swept across tsunami devastated areas of Southeast Asia, this time flash floods caused by relentless rains.

In Sri Lanka, main roads were shut down leaving aid workers helpless and frustrated, unable to get through with badly needed supplies.

"It's another calamity we hadn't expected," said Irene Fraser with Save the Children.

Japan upped its aid to $500 million on Saturday, and the U.S. military launched one of the biggest relief missions in its history. Approximately 1,500 marines will be mobilized, many of them to Sri Lanka where the death toll is upward of 25,000 people.

"It's an overwhelming scope; add to that infrastructure destruction, it’s an incredibly difficult task," said U.S. ambassador to Sri Lanka, Jeffrey Lunstead.

A majority of fatalities are in Indonesia where aftershocks continue, including one which measured 6.5 in Sumatra.

"Right now we are in the very short-term business of trying to get food, medicine and water to people who are in desperate need," shared B. Lynn Pascoe, U.S. ambassador to Indonesia.

Seahawk helicopters dropped boxes of food, medicine, blankets and water, supplies previously stuck in warehouses due to logistics or simply a lack of manpower.

On the first day of 2005, President Bush spoke of the natural disaster as a great human tragedy, saying the carnage is of a scale that defies comprehension. He signed a proclamation calling for U.S. flags to be flown at half staff this week, a week in which no matter how large the relief effort, the carnage is sure to increase.


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