Covid restrictions reduce air pollution, making the Himalayas visible in India for the first time in decades!
Written by Rob Picheta, CNN. Original post here.
People in the northern Indian state of Punjab are reacting with awe at the sight of the Himalayan mountain range, which is now visible from more than 100 miles away due to the reduction in air pollution caused by the country’s coronavirus lockdown.
“For the first time in almost 30 years (I) could clearly see the Himalayas due to India’s lockdown clearing air pollution. Just amazing,” Manjit Kang wrote.
The report said that, in total, 85 cities across India saw less air pollution in the first week of the nationwide lockdown.
Meanwhile the air quality in Jalandhar, which sits more than 100 miles from the Himalayas, has been measured as “good” on the country’s national index for 16 of the 17 days since the nationwide lockdown was announced.
While the famous mountain range is more visible than in recent memory, it is also more deserted.
Many of its mountains have been closed to climbers for nearly a month, with both the Nepalese and Chinese sides of Mount Everest shutting down in early March.