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In pictures: Burma's plight

People waiting to receive food aid at a monastery outside Rangoon, 19 May 2008

Burma has declared three days of national mourning for the victims of Cyclone Nargis, which hit the country on 2 May. Official figures put the number of dead at 78,000, with another 55,000 missing.

Buddhist novices collect debris in Kyout Tan, 18 May 2008

Some 2.4 million people in Burma are estimated to be in urgent need of help in the wake of the storm.

A man stands next to his destroyed home near Bogale, 18 May 2008

Some aid has got through, but agencies have said it is only a fraction of what is needed. EU nations have said Burma's military regime could be committing a crime against humanity by blocking relief.

Burma's Foreign Minister Nyan Win (l) speaks with Singapore counterpart George Yeo (r) at the Asean meeting in Singapore, 19 May 2008

At a meeting of regional foreign ministers in Singapore, the regime's line appeared to be softening as it agreed to accept significantly more international aid.

Burma's military leader General Than Shwe at a camp for cyclone victims on the outskirts of Rangoon, 18 May 2008

The day before, Burma's leader General Than Shwe had visited a camp for cyclone victims near Rangoon where he checked the quality of the drinking water in front of other top military officials.

A man throws water on the Schewadagon Pagoda, Rangoon, 19 May 2008

Meanwhile, residents in Rangoon celebrated the Buddha's birthday on Monday by watering sacred Banyan trees.

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