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Last Updated: Monday, 19 November 2007, 06:58 GMT
In pictures: Bangladesh cyclone aftermath

Bangladesh Navy personnel unload aid from a helicopter in Borguna district on the south coast of Bangladesh

Rescue and relief teams are now reaching areas of Bangladesh devastated by a powerful cyclone. The Dhaka government has described the storm as a national calamity.

Cyclone-affected villagers queue up for relief in Borguna

An estimated one million families are thought to have been affected. Survivors are now struggling to get basic necessities.

Bangladeshi cyclone affected people wait as aid workers unload relief goods in Porir Khal village

Though relief teams have now reached most of the remote communities in southern Bangladesh, delivering aid to many areas is extremely difficult and can only be done by boat.

Relatives carry a body after finding it in a paddy field in Borguna

The authorities confirm at least 2,300 deaths but fear the final toll could be significantly higher. People have begun burying the dead in the affected areas.

Moriom Bibi, right, mourns after finding the body of her mother in a paddy field in Borguna

People have begun returning, only to find their homes devastated and relatives dead. A woman breaks down after finding the body of her mother.

A man walks past a destroyed market at a village in the Rupsha area.

They are confronted by scenes of destruction, like this cyclone-ravaged market in the Rupsha area.

People carry their belongings as they return from a cyclone centre in Rupsha

Many carry their belongings in sacks. A government early-warning system is being credited with saving many lives.

A cyclone affected elderly man rests on a bed near a devastated house in Choto Taltoli village, on the southern coastal area of Bangladesh

Most, like this elderly man, returned to their devastated homes in a state of shock.

A women dries clothes in a village in Rupsha

Some returnees are beginning to rebuild their lives already, like this woman drying clothes in her damaged home in Rupsha.

A Bangladeshi teacher, left, takes a class in an open ground after cyclone damaged their school in Borguna

The resilience of the people is already evident as classes resume at this school. It will take a long time for life to get back to normal in affected areas.

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