Air quality 'unhealthy' in Kaohsiung, Kinmen

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Air quality 'unhealthy' in Kaohsiung, Kinmen

Taipei, Dec. 6 (CNA) The air quality index in parts of western Taiwan, particularly Kaohsiung, and the offshore island of Kinmen flashed "unhealthy" on Wednesday, according to the Environmental Protection Administration's (EPA) Taiwan Air Quality Monitoring Network.

As of 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, the Air Quality Index (AQI) flashed red, meaning the air was "unhealthy" for the general public, in Nanzi, Fuxing, Qiaotou, Qianjin and Qianzhen districts in Kaohsiung and Kinmen.

The index flashed orange at a further 11 monitoring stations on the island of Matsu, Nantou in central Taiwan and Tainan, Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan, indicating that the air quality was "unhealthy for sensitive groups" such as young children, seniors and people with chronic diseases.

The EPA advises people in areas with poor air quality to avoid outdoor activities if they experience eye irritation, coughing or a sore throat.

Meanwhile, young children, seniors and people with respiratory and cardiovascular diseases in those areas should avoid physical exertion and wear facial masks when outside, the EPA said.

In the rest of western Taiwan and all eastern areas, air quality was either green (good) or yellow (fair), the monitoring data indicated.

The EPA's AQI takes into account ozone, PM2.5 and PM10 particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and nitric oxide concentrations in the air.

(By Wu Hsin-yun and Evelyn Kao)

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