Air quality deteriorates in Taiwan as northeasterly winds weaken

03/01/2021 01:00 PM
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Taipei, March 1 (CNA) The air quality in Taiwan dropped Monday and was expected to worsen throughout the day due to a lack of wind to disperse atmospheric pollutants, according to the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA).

As of 11 a.m., the air quality was rated as good in eastern Taiwan, moderate in northern Taiwan, and unhealthy for sensitive groups in areas south of Taichung.

With the northeasterly winds abating, however, the air quality in the western half of the country was deteriorating, becoming unhealthy for sensitive groups, the EPA said.

As there is little wind to disperse atmospheric pollutants, the air quality in the southern part of the country is likely to become unhealthy for the general public, the EPA said.

In eastern Taiwan and the Penghu and Matsu islands, the air quality will remain good throughout the day, while in Kinmen it will be moderate, according to the EPA.

It said that on Tuesday, the northeasterly winds will pick up again for a couple days, which will bring moderate air quality to areas between Hsinchu and Tainan, while in Kaohsiung and Pingtung County it will improve slightly but will be unhealthy for sensitive groups.

(By Chang Hsiung-feng and Chiang Yi-ching)

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