Haze Still Hovering Over Bangladesh and India23.8N 89.1E
Haze, which may be caused by factors ranging from smoke to dust to pollutants, continues to hover over northeastern India and Bangladesh. While from above the haze looks like a thin veil, on the ground it can lead to low visibility and scant sunshine. Worse, it can cause severe health issues, particularly for children, the elderly and people with respiratory illnesses. An Indian non-profit organization has estimated that more than 3,000 premature deaths occur annually due to air pollution-related diseases, and also suggested that if air polution goes unchecked, it could severely harm the quality of life in large cities such as New Delhi by the end of the decade.