EPA forecasts poor air quality in southern Taiwan on Sunday

Taipei--The air quality in southern Taiwan is likely to be poor on Sunday, with Kaohsiung and Pingtung the worst hit areas, according to a statement from the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) on Saturday.

The EPA's Taiwan Air Quality Monitoring Network (http://taqm.epa.gov.tw/taqm/en/default.aspx) shows the air quality index (AQI) flashing red in the two administrative areas, the fourth level on a six-scale index ranging from good to hazardous.

Sensitive groups in Yunlin, Chiayi and Tainan should be particularly vigilant as the AQI indicates orange there, third on the index.

Air quality in other parts of the country should be passable, EPA data showed.

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 and maroon represents "hazardous" with a reading of 301-500.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel