By: Wu Hsin-yun and Evelyn Kao
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. [FULL STORY]