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Viral news on social media claims that the Himalayas can be seen from Punjab and other far places, due to the clean air.

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Multiple Fake news claims: Viral news on social media claims that the Himalayas can be seen from Punjab and other far places, due to the clean air.

 People in India can see the Himalayas “for the first time in decades”. The coronavirus may be bad for the GDP (in the US, GDP is 70% consumer spending) but curbing human activity has led to a noticeable drop in pollution in many parts of US, Europe and Asia

People in India say they're seeing the Himalayas for first time in decades amid a drop in air pollution

Residents of a city in Punjab can see the Himalayas from their homes for the first time in 30 years as air pollution in India drops with the lockdown


I’ve had several people forward me this article about the Himalayas coming back into view in Northern India for the first time in THIRTY YEARS. Another very visual indicator that we actually can control the impact we are having on our planet when we understand how much our behaviors are threatening our lives and the lives of those we love. Another thought this Good Friday morning—what a travesty that a country could have the Himalayas as their skyline and loose sight of that gift due to “productivity.” What God-given treasures had you lost sight of that COVID-19 and the lockdown has helped you catch sight of again?

Never seen Dhauladar range from my home rooftop in Jalandhar..never could imagine that’s possible..clear indication of the impact the pollution has done by us to Mother Earth .. this is the view

A picture captured today from sialkot LOC . Kashmir mountains. This kind of clarity we are seeing after around more than 30 years

What nature really is and how we screwed it up.

This is Dhauladhar mountain range of Himachal, visible after 30 yrs, from Jalandhar (Punjab) after pollution drops to its lowest level. This is approx. 200 km away straight. #Lockdown21 #MotherNature #Global healing.

News Verification:

It is true that in a decade it is for the first time the air/water pollution level have fallen drastically, of which no one  could have ever imagined. The news comes with surprise that many users on social media shared the pictures, claiming to be of the beautiful Himalayas. Many claimed it even to be from the Punjab state.

The user on social media claimed that the Himalayas is visible from the northern part of India. Many users on social media claimed of the same fact that for the first time they are able to see the Himalayas, however, the air pollution changes over seasons and it never remains the same. It is not possible that in different weather conditions the Himalayas might not be visible. So it is unlikely to say that the Himalayas are visible after 20 years from many remote places.

As per SBS, According to the India Today Data Intelligence Unit (DIU) from March 16-27, the air quality index improved by 33 percent on an average in the country.

“Data shows that on average, Indian cities had an AQI of 115 between March 16 and 24. The air quality started showing improvements from the first day of the 21-day lockdown. The average AQI fell to 75 in the first three days of the lockdown, 

Facts Check Verdict: Mixed

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