Air quality mostly fair, moderate in Taiwan

Taipei, Sept. 24 (CNA) Air quality in Taiwan was either good or moderate in Taiwan Monday, except for Kaohsiung's Qianjin District in the south, where people were advised to be aware of "unhealthy air for sensitive groups," according to the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA).

As of 1 p.m. that day, when people were celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival, the EPA's Air Quality Index (AQI) flashed an orange warning, indicating unhealthy air for sensitive groups, at the Qianjin monitoring station in Kaohsiung.

The air quality in southern areas covering Yunlin County, Chiayi County, Tainan, Kaohsiung and Pingtung County, as well as part of Nantou County in the center of the country, were rated as yellow, meaning moderate, while the rest of the country was enjoying fair air quality.

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

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

People with cardiovascular or respiratory diseases, children and the elderly in affected areas should avoid staying outdoors or use a mask to prevent exposure to air pollution, the EPA said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel