The death toll from last weekend's tsunami in the Indian Ocean now stands at more than 125,000.

Many thousands of people are still missing.

Indonesia has said there have been fresh aftershocks in the northwestern Sumatran province of Aceh, where the death toll from the weekend tsunami now stands at 80,000. 

Sri Lanka, which was also badly hit, has raised its toll by almost 3,000 people to over 27,000.

The authorities in Thailand have said 4,500 people were killed, at least 2,230 of them foreigners.  

There is growing concern that relief agencies are unable to reach some of the remoter districts throughout the eastern Indian Ocean area which bore the brunt of the tidal waves caused by the underwater earthquake. 

Local officials are reporting that many survivors are becoming ill with respiratory problems, diarrhoea, skin irritations and cuts.

US Secretary of State, Colin Powell, told Agence France Presse an international donors's conference is being organised, possibly for next week.

The White House says Mr Powell will travel to the devastated areas tomorrow.

Panic follows wave warning

An Indian minister has said a government warning of a new tidal wave was issued without much thought.

The warning sparked fresh scenes of panic in southern India and Sri Lanka, and caused thousands of people to flee coastal areas, although no tidal surge materialised.

India's junior minister for science and technology, Kapil Sibal, said he had forwarded a message received from a US-based company to the Home Ministry mentioning the possibility of a fresh quake.

Thousands missing

Thousands of European tourists are still missing.

The Swedish Prime Minister, Goran Persson, has said over 1,000 Swedes could have been killed in the Asian catastrophe.

The Department of Foreign Affairs has said around 20 Irish people remain unaccounted for in the region.

So far, there have been no confirmed deaths among Irish visitors.

A website has been set up by the Irish Asian Chamber of Commerce to assist relatives looking for missing Irish people in the region.

Information regarding missing Irish citizens is available at www.saintpatricksbangkok.com .