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Central, southern Taiwan to see poor air quality through weekend

Central, southern Taiwan to see poor air quality through weekend

Taipei, Nov. 13 (CNA) The air quality in central and southern Taiwan was poor Friday and is expected to stay that way into Sunday, according to the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA). The EPA said air quality in those areas was in the unhealthy range, and southern Taiwan's Kaohsiung and Pingtung were the hardest-hit, with the PM 2.5 level reaching the hazardous level of 8. The country's 10-tier PM 2.5 index is defined as air pollution that contains fine particles smaller than 2.5 millimeters in diameter and is linked to several chronic health problems. In central Taiwan and other parts of southern Taiwan, the PM 2.5 pollution levels were 7, according to the EPA. It said the poor air quality was due to poor conditions for atmospheric dispersion -- meaning little wind -- and was expected to continue into Sunday. According to the EPA, level-7 PM 2.5 concentrations exceed 54 micrograms per cubic meter and are considered high, and 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 problems 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, the EPA said. (By Zoe Wei and Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-09-20 23:33 GMT+08:00