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Air quality unhealthy in most areas of Kaohsiung: EPA

2017/12/05 12:33:14

Taipei, Dec. 5 (CNA) People in some parts of western Taiwan, particularly Kaohsiung, and on the islands of Matsu and Kinmen will be exposed to "unhealthy" air on Tuesday, according to the country's air quality index (AQI).

As of noon Tuesday, the AQI was flashing red in the districts of Qiaotou, Fengshan, Nanzi, Renwu, Fuxing, Xiaogang and Qianzhen in Kaohsiung as well as Kinmen and Matsu, according to the Environmental Protection Adminitration's Taiwan Air Quality Monitoring Network. (http://taqm.epa.gov.tw/taqm/en/).

A red signal means the air is "unhealthy" for the general public.

Meanwhile, the air monitoring station at Fuguei Cape in northern Taiwan and 16 other stations in central and southern Taiwan flashed orange, indicating that the air quality was "unhealthy for sensitive groups" such as young children, the elderly and people with chronic diseases, according to the EPA.

The areas included Yunlin, Nantou, Chiayi, Tainan, Kaohsiung and Pingtung, according to the EPA, which advised people in areas with poor air quality to avoid outdoor activities if they have health issues such as eye irritation, a cough or a sore throat.

The air quality in most of the northern half of the country, including the greater Taipei area, was rated "yellow," or fair.

The agency's air quality index takes into account ozone, PM2.5 and PM10 particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and nitric oxide concentrations in the air.

(By Wu Hsin-yun and Evelyn Kao)
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