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Southeast Asia Veiled by Smoke from Fires in India, Bhutan and Myanmar

February 24th, 2009 Category: Fires

Fires in Indochina - February 24th, 2009

Fires in Indochina - February 24th, 2009

Detail of fires

Detail of fires

Southeast Asia is veiled by smoke from hundreds of fires burning in Myanmar (right), Bhutan (center right) and India (left).

Bangladesh (center), is free of actual fires although it there is heavy smoke over the area. The cloud of smoke can also be seen blowing out over the Bay of Bengal.

The burning of fires in order to prepare land for crop planting is a common practice in Myanmar and India (please click here for previous articles on agricultural fires in India). Although the fires do not usually pose a direct threat, they can have a strong negative impact on things such as natural resources and air quality.

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