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Poor air quality expected on New Year's Eve: EPA

Poor air quality expected on New Year's Eve: EPA

Taipei, Dec. 31 (CNA) Revelers at outdoor celebrations on New Year's Eve may want to prepare surgical masks as air quality is expected to plummet nationwide, according to the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) on Wednesday. Taiwan could suffer under pollution brought by a cold mass coming from China, leading to high readings on the EPA-applied index of fine particulate matter smaller than 2.5 micrometers (PM2.5). Overnight, the islands of Kinmen off the coast of China could be the hardest-hit with a rating of 9 on the 10-point scale, while southern Taiwan could see a rating of 8, according to the EPA. The pollutants could move northward in the first days of 2015, hitting central and northern Taiwan over Thursday and Friday. The EPA advised against outdoor activities for elderly residents in affected areas as well as those with lung problems, heart problems, and coughs or discomfort of the eyes. People with asthma may also need to use their inhalers more often than normal while the pollution persists, it said. (By Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-06-18 07:47 GMT+08:00