Central, southern Taiwan warned of high PM2.5 on Lunar New Year’s Eve

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/01/25
By: Wu Hsin-yun and S.C. Chang

Taipei, Jan. 25 (CNA) People in central and southern Taiwan are being advised to beware of fine

Kaohsiung (CNA file photo)

airborne particles from Friday through Sunday, as the air quality index (AQI) is forecast to reach orange or red levels.

The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) said Wednesday high PM2.5 levels are expected to accumulate in central and southern Taiwan starting on Lunar New Year’s Eve because of poor air circulation caused by a weakening cold air mass from China and a high pressure reflux.

It forecast an orange-level AQI, which can cause problems for people with allergies, seniors and children. These groups are advised to stay indoors; if they must go out, they should wear a mask, the EPA said.

Further south in Kaohsiung and Pingtung, the AQI will reach the red level, which can cause health problems for everyone.    [FULL  STORY]

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