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Central, southern Taiwan suffer poor air quality

Central, southern Taiwan suffer poor air quality

Taipei, Nov. 17 (CNA) Air quality in central and southern Taiwan was at an unhealthy level on Tuesday, with the index for fine particulate matter smaller than 2.5 micrometers (PM2.5) hitting high levels, according to the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA). EPA data showed the PM2.5 index at 9 in Yunlin, Chiayi and Tainan, at 8 in Kaohsiung and Pingtung further south.

Other areas in central Taiwan saw level-7 particulates, EPA data showed. The high concentration of particulate matter was due to a lack of wind to disperse the pollution, the EPA said, and it suggested that people wear face masks when they go out.

PM2.5 levels were in low to mid range in other parts of the country, it said. Taiwan could continue seeing similar air pollution through Thursday, the EPA warned.

According to the EPA, measurements above level 7 on the PM2.5 index 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.

Updated : 2021-09-17 20:50 GMT+08:00