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Kaohsiung hit by unhealthy air

2018/02/17 14:12:01

Taipei, Feb. 17 (CNA) Air quality in some parts of Kaohsiung had deteriorated to a red alert Saturday, representing "unhealthy for everyone," according to the Environmental Protection Administration's (EPA) Air Quality Monitoring Network.

As of 10:30 a.m., the Air Quality Index (AQI) flashed red in the city's Fuxing, Qianzhen, Xiaogang, and Fengshan districts, the EPA said, advising sensitive groups to wear a mask outdoors.

In most parts of central and southern Taiwan, the AQI flashed orange, indicating that the air quality was unhealthy for people allergic to air pollutants, while the index flashed yellow in northern and eastern Taiwan, as well as in outlying Penghu, Kinmen and Lienchiang counties, representing fair air quality.

People with cardiovascular or respiratory diseases, children, and the elderly in affected areas should avoid staying outdoors or use a mask to prevent exposure to air pollution, the EPA said.

(By Chang Ming-hsiuan and Shih Hsiu-chuan)
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