U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell toured tsunami-ravaged areas of Indonesia's Aceh province today (Wednesday), saying the devastation is worse than what he saw as a soldier during war.
Mr. Powell said he could not imagine the "horror" people in Aceh experienced 10 days ago, when massive waves triggered by an underwater earthquake obliterated entire towns and villages.
Indonesia's death toll stands at nearly 100,000, almost two-thirds of all known deaths from the tsunami.
Secretary Powell has also toured devastated areas of Thailand and is expected Friday to assess damage in Sri Lanka, where more than 30,000 people were killed.
The United Nations said today that progress is being made in getting aid to the five million people across South Asia and East Africa in need of assistance.
But international health officials continue to stress that a lack of sanitation and clean water could lead to outbreaks of disease.