Central, southern Taiwan battling hazardous air pollution

03/29/2015 05:39 PM
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Taipei, March 29 (CNA) The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) issued an air pollution alert Sunday for central and southern Taiwan and the Kinmen islands off southern China, saying particulate concentrations were at levels that could affect people's health.

The index for PM2.5 particulates, which are considered particularly hazardous to health, were at middle to high levels in central and southern Taiwan areas, meaning that people with vulnerable cardiovascular and respiratory systems should not go outside, EPA data showed.

PM2.5 concentrations were at their highest in Lunbei, Taixi and Mailiao townships in Yunlin County and Erlin in Changhua County at over 71 milligrams per cubic meter, suggesting that outdoor activity should be avoided if possible, the data showed.

In the front-line islands of Kinmen and Matsu, PM2.5 levels were in a middle range of 42-47 milligrams per cubic meter, due to offshore pollution, the EPA said.

A measurement of 35 milligrams per cubic meter or lower is considered "low range."

(By Zoe Wei and Elizabeth Hsu)ENDITEM/ls

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