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Air quality unhealthy in parts of western Taiwan

2017/09/24 12:39:22

Taipei, Sept. 24 (CNA) The air quality dropped to levels deemed unhealthy in central and southern parts of western Taiwan on Sunday, according to the Environmental Protection Administration's Taiwan Air Quality Monitoring Network.

As of 12:00 a.m., the air quality indicator flashed red at the monitoring station in Hsingang Township in Chiayi County in the south, according to the monitoring network at http://taqm.epa.gov.tw/taqm/en/.

A red alert indicates that air quality is unhealthy for the general public.

Meanwhile, the air quality flashed orange in some areas in Taipei and Taoyuan cities, Chutung in Hsinchu County and Miaoli in northern Taiwan and 23 stations in central and southern Taiwan, indicting the air quality was unhealthy for sensitive groups such as young children, the elderly and people with a chronic disease, according to the network.

In the rest of western Taiwan and all of eastern Taiwan, the air quality was either green (good) or yellow (moderate), the monitoring data showed.

For Monday, the air quality will remain unhealthy for sensitive groups in most parts of western Taiwan, according to the EPA.

Its six-color scale takes into account concentrations of ozone, PM2.5 and PM10 particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitric oxide in the air.

On the EPA's six-color scale, green represents good air quality with an index reading of 0-50; yellow indicates moderate air quality with a reading of 50-100; orange means unhealthy air quality for sensitive groups, with a reading of 101-150; red indicates unhealthy quality with a range of 151-200; purple signals very unhealthy levels at 201-300; and maroon represents hazardous levels at a reading of 301-500.

The EPA advised people in areas with poor air quality to avoid outdoor activities if they feel symptoms including eye irritation, coughing or sore throat.

Meanwhile, young children, the elderly and people with heart, respiratory and cardiovascular diseases in those areas should avoid exhausting activities and should wear gauze masks when they are out, the EPA suggested.

(By Wu Hsin-yun and Evelyn Kao)
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