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Tsunami Relief

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The United States is planning to add an extra $20 million to its initial Asian earthquake relief package.

That would more than double the $15 million package the U.S. announced Monday, one day after the world's biggest earthquake in 40 years. A senior U.S. official tells The Associated Press the amount could go even higher as damage assessments pour in.

The move follows a U.N. official's suggestion that the U.S. was stingy in its aid offer, criticism that obviously irritated Secretary of State Colin Powell. He told ABC Tuesday morning that no country has given more aid in recent years than the U.S.

The AP has also learned the Pentagon is preparing a supplemental relief operation. The U.S. official says pre-stocked supplies of shelter, food and water bags are on their way to Indonesia from Dubai.


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