Hazardous air quality in central, southern areas


TAIPEI–The air quality in central and southern areas of Taiwan and the offshore county of Kinmen fell to hazardous levels on Tuesday due to a lack of wind to disperse atmospheric pollutants, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) said.

It said the level of fine particulate matter smaller than 2.5 micrometers (PM2.5) recorded at 15 monitoring stations in those areas had hit 10, which is the highest and is categorized as hazardous.

In Yunlin County in west-central Taiwan, monitoring stations in Douliu, Lunbei, Mailiao and Taixi also recorded PM2.5 levels of 10 as of 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, EPA data showed.

The air quality in Kinmen, and Taichung, Changhua and Chiayi, Tainan was also at hazardous levels, as there was little wind to disperse pollutants, the EPA said.

In the north of the country, meanwhile, the air quality was better in Taipei and New Taipei than it was on Monday as a cold air mass approached, dispersing atmospheric pollutants, the EPA said. It said the quality of air in central and southern Taiwan is expected to improve.