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Last Updated: Friday May 16 2008 15:50 GMT

Burma survivor stories are told

Children in Burma wait for supplies at a refugee camp

The sad stories of some of the survivors of the cyclone in Burma are being told for the first time.

The country has been devastated by Cyclone Nargis and it's thought that up to 70,000 could have died.

But it's hard to find out what's happening to people there because Burma's leaders are secretive and don't like other countries interfering.

Now, one survivor has spoken out about how many people are starving and they don't know what's going on.

13-year-old Zeous from Burma

She told reporters: "We're starving. For a few days, government helicopters flew over us. We waved and shouted but nothing happened."

The story of 13-year-old Zeous has also been told. He comes from a village where there were 400 people, but only 20 of them survived the storms.

He clung to a tree for 14 hours to escape the water and saw most of his village being swept away. Both of his parents died in the disaster.

He's now waiting for help with the other survivors from his village. They are surviving by eating rice and drinking rainwater.


Some survivors of Cyclone Nargis

Charity and rescue workers from other countries are desperate to get into Burma to help people, but the government doesn't want them there.

The aid workers have said that nowhere near enough food and supplies are getting through to the survivors.

However the Burmese government has promised to take some foreign officials on a tour of some of the disaster areas this weekend.