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Smog causes flight cancellations, delays on outlying islands

Smog causes flight cancellations, delays on outlying islands

Taipei, March 17 (CNA) Flights to and from Taiwan's two frontline islands of Kinmen and Matsu were canceled or delayed due to thick smog on Wednesday morning. As of 9:30 am, four flights from Taipei to Matsu had been canceled because of low visibility, while four flights bound for Kinmen were forced to return after taking off in Taipei.
The Central Weather Bureau issued a smog alert for Kinmen, Matsu and Magong on Penghu, early on Wednesday. Cheng Ming-dean, head of the Central Weather Bureau's Forecast Center, has suggested the smog was caused by pollutants. In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Cheng said he could see the Taipei 101 building 5km from his Taipei office, indicating that the haze was smog rather than fog. Meanwhile, data from the Environmental Protection Administration- operated air quality monitoring system showed medium to high levels of fine particulate matters measuring 2.5 micrometers or smaller, referred to as PM2.5, in northern areas of Taiwan.
With such elevated levels, people with respiratory system ailments are advised to remain indoors. Chen Miao-hsin, acting division head at the Health Promotion Administration, said PM2.5 can have adverse effects on children, seniors, those suffering from cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other chronic ailments, pregnant women and the obese. She suggested that anyone from these high risk groups should wear a surgical mask when outdoors. They filter 70 percent to 80 percent of pollutants and thereby minimize outdoor exposure, she said. (By Wang Shu-fen, Lung Pei-ning and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-09-26 15:36 GMT+08:00