Poor air quality recorded in central, southern Taiwan

Taipei, Nineteen air quality monitoring stations in southern Taiwan flashed either an orange or red warning Wednesday morning, indicating generally unhealthy air there as people in Taiwan head back to school and work after the Lunar New Year holiday.

As of 10 a.m., the Environmental Protection Administration's (EPA) Air Quality Index (AQI) flashed orange, indicating unhealthy air for sensitive groups, at 17 monitoring stations in the south from Chiayi City down to Kaohsiung, according to the AQI network (http://taqm.epa.gov.tw/taqm/en/).

Two stations, in Kaohsiung's Fengshan and Qianjin districts, flashed red, signaling unhealthy air for the general public, the website showed.

Air quality monitoring stations flashed green (indicating good air quality) in the greater Taipei area and along Taiwan's east coast and mostly yellow (indicated fair air quality) in central Taiwan, with one station in southern Nantou County flashing orange.

The EPA has noted that Taiwan Power Co. will reduce output from its Taichung and Kaohsiung plants based on an operating reserve margin of 9.86 percent for the day.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel