COVID-19: The Himalayas are seen from India after 30 years for the first time
The pandemic of the new coronavirus has brought the world to a standstill in quarantine, and with it environmental pollution has decreased dramatically. So much so that for the first time in 30 years the Himalayas are visible from India over 200,000 kilometers or 125 miles.
The inhabitants of the Jalandhar district in Punjab have shared incredible images of the Himalayas on social media. India has a population of 1.3 billion people and has one of the most polluted cities in the world, yet the 21-day quarantine due to the coronavirus epidemic has emptied the streets and stopped industries which has cleared the air.
They indicate that the air quality has improved so much that they can see the snow capped mountains of the Himalayas, many inhabitants say that for the first time they have the incredible view of the snow capped peaks. "We can see the snow that covers the mountains clearly from our rooftops and not only that, the stars are visible at night. I have never seen anything like this"
"We must work to keep it that way"
The quarantine was imposed on March 24. The country has 5,480 coronavirus cases and 164 deaths since the outbreak. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said after imposing the mandatory quarantine, "The next 21 days are crucial for us. If we are not able to handle this pandemic, the country and its families will go back 21 years."