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Central Taiwan suffers poor air quality

Central Taiwan suffers poor air quality

Taipei, Nov. 8 (CNA) The air quality in central Taiwan was in the unhealthy range on Sunday, with the index for fine particulate matter smaller than 2.5 micrometers (PM2.5) hitting the hazardous level 10, according to Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) data. The EPA said the PM2.5 index hit 10 in Shalu and Xitun districts in Taichung, and Lunbei in Yunlin County, while many other areas in Taichung and Changhua and Yunlin counties recorded level 9 readings. The high concentration of particulate matter was due to poor conditions for atmospheric dispersion -- meaning little wind -- the EPA said, and it suggested that people wear face masks when they go out. PM2.5 levels were also as high as level 8 in northern Taiwan in the Taipei suburb of Xinzhuang and in the outlying Kinmen County and as high as level 9 in Chiayi County. According to the EPA, level-10 PM2.5 concentrations exceed 72 micrograms per cubic meter and are considered extremely high, but measurements above level 7 are deemed severe enough to cause tangible discomfort and health problems. Given the air quality, the elderly and those with chronic lung or heart disease should avoid prolonged or strenuous outdoor physical activity, the EPA advised. People with asthma may also need to use the inhalers more often, said the EPA. (By Chang Ming-hsuan and Lee Mei-yu)


Updated : 2021-09-26 15:07 GMT+08:00