Air quality in central, southern Taiwan poor due to still air: CWB

Taipei, Sept. 16 (CNA) The air quality in the leeward areas of central and southern Taiwan was expected to be poor on Sunday due to a lack of wind to disperse atmospheric pollutants, according the air quality monitoring network operated by the Environmental Protection Administration.

As of 11 a.m. Sunday, the Air Quality Index (AQI) was flashing an orange alert, warning that the air was unhealthy for sensitive groups in areas such as Taichung's Xitun District, Xianxi in Changhua County, and Mailiao and Taixi townships in Yunlin County.

The agency blamed the poor air quality on Typhoon Mangkhut, saying that atmospheric pollutants had accumulated in the leeward areas of western Taiwan because there were no winds on that side.

Typhoon Mangkhut passed south of Taiwan Saturday into Sunday on a west-northwest track.

As of 11 p.m., the storm was located 180 kilometers west of the Dongsha Islands in the South China Sea -- or 590 km west southwest of Taiwan's southernmost tip -- and was moving toward China at 32 kilometers per hour.

It was packing maximum sustained winds of 137 kph and gusts of up to 173 kph, Central Weather Bureau data showed.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel