EPA issues air pollution warning for southern Taiwan

Taipei-- The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) issued an air pollution warning on Monday for southern Taiwan the following day. It forecast that the air quality index (AQI) in the cities and counties of Yunlin, Chiayi, Tainan, Kaohsiung and Pingtung would flash orange, which indicates a level unhealthy for sensitive groups.

The forecast for Tuesday is the same as the air quality on Monday, with the other parts of Taiwan seeing moderate to good air quality, according to the Taiwan Air Quality Monitoring Network (http://taqm.epa.gov.tw/taqm/en/AqiForecast.aspx).

For Wednesday, the air quality index in Kaohsiung and Pingtung is expected to worsen to red -- a level that is unhealthy to all residents -- while that in Yunlin, Chiayi, Tainan and central Taiwan will flash orange, according to the network maintained by the EPA.

On the EPA color scale, green represents "good" air quality, with a pollutant reading of less than 50; yellow indicates "moderate" at 50-100; orange means "unhealthy for sensitive groups" with a reading of 101-150; red indicates "unhealthy" with a range of 151-200; purple signifies "very unhealthy" with a level of 201-300; maroon represents "hazardous" with an reading of 301-500.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel