Rescue workers reported another 3,009 deaths from earthquake-triggered tsunamis (search), taking Sri Lanka's (search) toll to 21,715 on Wednesday, an official said.

Nimal Wanigasuriya, a government social service officer, said 8,600 people also have been injured in the island nation.

More than 55,000 people have been killed across south and southeast Asia following a massive earthquake (search) close to Indonesia on Sunday, which triggered devastating tsunamis.