Central, southern Taiwan hit by poor air quality

The air quality in central and southern areas of Taiwan and the offshore county of Kinmen fell to hazardous levels on Tuesday due to a lack of wind to disperse atmospheric pollutants, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) said.

It said the level of fine particulate matter smaller than 2.5 micrometers (PM2.5) recorded at 15 monitoring stations in those areas had hit 10, which is the highest and is categorized as hazardous.

In Yunlin County in west-central Taiwan, monitoring stations in Douliu (斗六), Lunbei (崙背), Mailiao (麥寮) and Taixi (台西) also recorded PM2.5 levels of 10 as of 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, EPA data showed.

The air quality in Kinmen, and Taichung, Changhua and Chiayi, Tainan was also at hazardous levels, as there was little wind to disperse pollutants, the EPA said.

In the north of the country, meanwhile, the air quality was better in Taipei and New Taipei than it was on Monday as a cold air mass approached, dispersing atmospheric pollutants, the EPA said.

It said the quality of air in central and southern Taiwan is expected to improve gradually as the cold air mass moves south.

In areas where the air quality is poor, people are advised to wear masks when going outdoors and to avoid outdoor activities if they are elderly or suffer from heart, respiratory or cardiovascular diseases, the EPA said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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