Scenes of devastation in Burmese town of Meiktila
22 March 2013 Last updated at 12:42 GMT
Footage has emerged showing the devastation in the Burmese town of Meiktila where a state of emergency has been imposed following three days of violence between Buddhists and Muslims.
A statement on behalf of President Thein Sein said the move would enable the military to help restore order in the riot-hit town, south of Mandalay.
Tin Htar Swe from the BBC Burmese Service explained what triggered the violence which is reported to have killed at least 20 people.
Footage from Reuters and RFA Burmese Service