Air unhealthy for sensitive groups in parts of southern Taiwan

Taipei--The air quality in Taiwan was generally fair Sunday, but was detected as being unhealthy for sensitive groups in parts of the southern areas, including the counties of Yunlin and Chiayi and the city of Tainan, according to the Environmental Protection Administration's (EPA's) Taiwan Air Quality Monitoring Network.

As of 10 a.m., the air quality flashed "orange" in Taipei's Yangmingshan in northern Taiwan, Taichung's Shalu district and Changhua County's Xianxi township in the central region, and Yunlin, Chiayi, Tainan and Kaohsiung's Nanzi district in the south, as well as the offshore county of Kinmen, according to data on the networkhttp://taqm.epa.gov.tw/taqm/en/.

The EPA advised people in those areas to avoid outdoor activities if they feel symptoms including eye irritation, coughing or sore throat.

Young children, the elderly and people with heart, respiratory and cardiovascular diseases should avoid exhausting activities and wear gauze masks when they are out, the EPA suggested.

The EPA's six-color scale takes into account ozone, PM2.5 and PM10 particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and nitric oxide concentrations in the air.

Green represents good air quality with an index reading of 0-50; yellow indicates moderate with a reading of 50-100; orange means unhealthy air quality for sensitive groups with a reading of 101-150; red indicates unhealthy air for the general public with a range of 151-200; purple signifies very unhealthy levels at 201-300; and maroon represents hazardous levels at a reading of 301-500.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel