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Poor air quality in southern Taiwan forecast to last through Friday

Poor air quality in southern Taiwan forecast to last through Friday

Taipei, March 5 (CNA) Southern Taiwan will continue to experience poor air quality throughout Thursday and into Friday as a result of pollutants being carried on a cold air mass from China, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) said. In Kaohsiung and Pingtung, the level of particle pollution -- the concentration of harmful fine particulate matters in the air that are 2.5 microns or less in width -- may reach as high as 9 on the 10-point index, the EPA said. Counties adjoining Kaohsiung and Pingtung, and parts of central Taiwan, are likely to experience a particle pollution level of up to 8, the EPA said. The conditions in southern and central Taiwan may prevail through Saturday, it said. Measurements above level 7 on the index are deemed severe enough to cause tangible discomfort and health problems. People in the affected areas are advised, therefore, to wear protective masks to cover their noses and mouths when going outdoors during the high-level pollution period, the EPA said. It also suggested that senior citizens and people with heart or respiratory problems avoid going outdoors if possible. High levels of particle pollution are considered harmful because the particles are usually from toxic substances such as heavy metals and can penetrate deep into human lungs. (By Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-09-19 01:26 GMT+08:00