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Smoke from Fires Covers Northeastern India and Bangladesh

24.0N 87.2E

January 31st, 2011 Category: Fires

India - January 17th, 2011

Smoke hangs over northeastern India and Bangladesh, partially obscuring the path of several rivers and the mouths of the Jamuna. Such smoke is often the result of agricultural fires.

Farmers set such fires in order to clear land for new crops; however, when they burn out of control or too many are lit, the amount of smoke released can cause serious air quality problems.

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