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Farmers begin burning stubble in parts of Punjab; rise in air pollution can lead to surge in coronavirus cases

Experts have warned that this year stubble burning can be even more deadly because of the surge in COVID-19 cases in the region. More pollution in the air would mean higher instances of co-morbidities amid the pandemic

Farmers began burning stubble in Amritsar. Every year, stubble burning deteriorates air quality in Punjab and other neighbouring states. While the country is still battling the spread of novel coronavirus, smoke from stubble burning can cause severe air pollution. (Image: Twitter @ANI)

Farmers began burning stubble in Amritsar. Every year, stubble burning deteriorates air quality in Punjab and other neighbouring states. While the country is still battling the spread of novel coronavirus, smoke from stubble burning can cause severe air pollution. (Image: Twitter @ANI)

The Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) recently wrote to chief secretaries of Punjab and Haryana to control cases of crop stubble burning to control air pollution. (Image: Twitter @ANI)

The Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) recently wrote to chief secretaries of Punjab and Haryana to control cases of crop stubble burning to control air pollution. (Image: Twitter @ANI)

A farmer in Amritsar said that farmers do not burn stubble willingly but are compelled to do so as the government does not provide them with a solution, nor does it help in dumping it. (Image: Twitter @ANI)

A farmer in Amritsar said that farmers do not burn stubble willingly but are compelled to do so as the government does not provide them with a solution, nor does it help in dumping it. (Image: Twitter @ANI)

EPCA said that early instances of burning have a negligible impact on air quality of Delhi, but it can’t be ignored as the situation can deteriorate in the coming weeks once wind patterns change. (Image: Twitter @ANI)

EPCA said that early instances of burning have a negligible impact on air quality of Delhi, but it can’t be ignored as the situation can deteriorate in the coming weeks once wind patterns change. (Image: Twitter @ANI)

Experts have warned that this year stubble burning can be even more deadly because of the surge in COVID-19 cases in the region. India is the second most affected country with coronavirus infections crossing the 5 million mark. More pollution in the air would mean higher instances of co-morbidities amid the pandemic. (Image: Twitter @ANI)

Experts have warned that this year stubble burning can be even more deadly because of the surge in COVID-19 cases in the region. India is the second most affected country with coronavirus infections crossing the 5 million mark. More pollution in the air would mean higher instances of co-morbidities amid the pandemic. (Image: Twitter @ANI)

First Published on Sep 26, 2020 04:18 pm
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