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Air quality poor in parts of central, southern Taiwan

2017/10/24 11:23:19

(From EPA website)

Taipei, Oct. 24 (CNA) The air quality in parts of central and southern Taiwan was unhealthy for sensitive groups on Tuesday, according to the Environmental Protection Administration's Taiwan Air Quality Monitoring Network.

As of 11 a.m., the Air Quality Index (AQI) flashed orange at 22 monitoring stations in Nantou, Yunlin, Chiayi, Tainan and Kaohsiung as well as the offshore county of Kinmen, according to the network (http://taqm.epa.gov.tw/taqm/en/).

It means the air quality was unhealthy for sensitive groups, such as young children, the elderly and people with a chronic disease.

The AQI in the rest of the country flashed yellow, indicating fair air quality, the monitoring data showed.

The EPA has forecast that the air quality in the Kaohsiung and Pingtung areas will worsen to "unhealthy" for everybody later today and over the next two days while remaining fair to unhealthy for sensitive groups for much of the rest of the country during that time.

Only the air quality in Hualien and Taitung on Taiwan's east coast is expected to improve to "good" on Wednesday and Thursday.

The EPA's AQI 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 Y.F. Low)
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