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Southern Taiwan to suffer poor air quality: EPA

Southern Taiwan to suffer poor air quality: EPA

Taipei, Jan. 30 (CNA) Southern Taiwan could experience poor air quality Saturday as pollutants move in on a cold air mass from China, the Environmental Protection Administration (???, EPA) said Friday. Kaohsiung and Pingtung could be the hardest-hit, with the level of particles 2.5 microns or smaller in diameter (PM2.5) coming in as high as 9 on a 10-point scale, the EPA said. Central Taiwan and the outlying islands of Matsu and Kinmen could also experience a pollution level of up to 8, the EPA said. The condition could prevail through Feb. 2, by which time the cold air mass is expected to weaken, the EPA said. The EPA advised the public to wear masks when going out and suggested that people who have eye or respiratory tract problems should reduce their outdoor activities. Senior citizens and people who have heart problems should also avoid the outdoors as much as possible, the agency recommended. The smaller PM2.5 particles are considered particularly dangerous because they are usually made up of things that are more toxic (such as heavy metals) and travel deeper into the lungs. (By Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-09-17 11:11 GMT+08:00