Poor air quality persists in central, southern Taiwan: EPA

Central and southern Taiwan will continue to experience poor air quality through next Monday due to a stagnant frontal system that has prevented the dispersal of pollutants, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) said Saturday.

The air quality index at 18 EPA stations in Taiwan is still between 151 and 200, on the 0-500 scale used to monitor air quality, and is not likely to improve until an approaching cold front reaches those southern areas of the country next week, the agency said.

The 18 stations are located in areas including Nantou, Chiayi, Tainan, Kaohsiung and Pingtung, EPA data showed.

Under the EPA monitoring system, indexes with readings of between 151 and 200 indicate that the air quality is unhealthy for everyone.

The EPA reminded the public to wear masks when going out and suggested that people who develop a cough, eye problems or throat pain should cut back on outdoor activities.

Senior citizens and people with heart or respiratory problems should also avoid outdoor activities as much as possible, the agency recommended.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel