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India rupee ban: Garlands of money and other images of a cash crisis

An Indian vendor displays a sign relating to new currency regulations as he waits for customers, following the decision to withdraw the current 500 and 1000 INR notes, in Siliguri on November 13, 2016. Image copyright AFP

Millions of people have been queuing up outside banks all across India, six days after the government said that 500 ($7.6) and 1,000 rupee notes were no longer valid.

It's an effort to crack down on so-called black money and corruption, but many machines are not working or have run out of cash, leading to long queues and fights.

This is what a cash crisis has looked like.

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Image caption Patience sometimes turns into frustration as Indians stand for hours on end to deposit and exchange the discontinued currency notes over the weekend.
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Image caption Tempers ran high as millions of anxious people waited for hours in queues. In many places, scuffles broke out.
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Image caption Across the country, many banks and ATM cash machines were shut, adding to the woes of the people.
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Image caption Garlands made of currency notes are in demand during the wedding season. Most use high denomination notes, but as they are no longer valid, many are using garlands made of 100, 50 or even 10 rupee notes.
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Image caption The government says banks have received 3 trillion rupees ($44bn; £35bn) of large denomination notes since the move was announced on Tuesday night.

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