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Air pollution alert issued for northern, central Taiwan

Air pollution alert issued for northern, central Taiwan

Taipei, Nov. 7 (CNA) The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) issued an air pollution alert Saturday for northern and central Taiwan, where particulate concentrations were at levels that could affect people's health. The index for the concentration of particulates measuring 2.5 micrometers (PM2.5) in the air were at middle to high levels -- meaning between 36 and 70 milligrams per cubic meter -- in the Taoyuan municipality, Hsinchu County, Miaoli County, Yunlin County and Changhua County, the EPA data showed. PM2.5 concentrations were at their highest in the Taoyuan municipality at over 67 milligrams per cubic meter, suggesting that people with lung or heart problems, persistent coughs or discomfort around the eyes should avoid outdoor activities. The EPA said the bad air quality in these areas was the result of poor conditions for atmospheric dispersion -- meaning little wind. James Liao (???), deputy chief of ophthalmology at the Shu-Tien Clinic (????) in Taipei, said the number of the clinic's ophthalmological outpatients has increased 20 percent recently following the rise of PM2.5 concentrations in the air. (By Zoe Wei and Jeffrey Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-18 13:36 GMT+08:00