Myanmar Observes Days of Mourning

YANGON, Myanmar -- Flags across Myanmar flew at half-mast on Tuesday for the victims of Cyclone Nargis as diplomats pressed the military government to speed up aid to survivors.

The army declared three days of mourning after a visit by junta supremo Than Shwe, 75, to the stricken Irrawaddy delta on Monday, his first since the cyclone struck two weeks ago, leaving nearly 134,000 dead or missing.

Diplomats, aid workers and some citizens took it as a possible sign the reclusive leadership had woken up to the scale of the catastrophe and would allow in more international aid.

The government's toll stands at 77,738 people killed and 55,917 missing, although the United Nations says that could rise dramatically if the 2.4 million people left destitute by the May 2 cyclone do not get a lot of aid quickly.