The military operation to bring aid to Sumatra in Indonesia, the area hit hardest in the tsunami disaster, has intenisfied. Spain and Japan have announced they are to join the relief effort spearheaded by US and Indonesian troops.
Japan is despatching around a thousand soldiers. Madrid is sending a naval ship, five planes and 650 military personnel to Sumatra. Around 100,000 people were killed on the island. Some reports say the death toll across the affected region may be as high as 165,000 thousand. The UN has said by this weekend it expects to get emergency supplies to every person in need in Sri Lanka. It was one of the few comforting pieces of news Secretary General Koffi Annan could bring to ravaged communities in his tour of the region. And from Thailand more evidence of the terrifying cause of the devastation. This video was filmed in the resort of Koh Racha.