Taipei-Air quality is expected to be poor across central and southern Taiwan Thursday afternoon due to northeasterly winds bringing particulate pollution from China, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
As of Thursday noon, the air quality monitoring station on outlying Matsu island flashed a red warning, indicating unhealthy air for the general public, with the pollution expected to spread to central and southern Taiwan later in the day, the EPA said.
The Air Quality Index (AQI) is forecast to flash orange warnings, indicating unhealthy levels for sensitive groups, for the cities and counties of Yunlin, Chiayi, Nantou, Kaohsiung, Pingtung and Kinmen.
According to the environmental agency, the pollution will not affect northern and eastern Taiwan, with air quality in those areas remaining fair throughout the day.
The EPA said the air quality forecast has also prompted Taiwan Power Company to reduce power generation at its coal-fired Taichung Power Plant, the Hsiehho Power Plant in Keelung and the Linkou Power Plant in New Taipei, the EPA said.
It advised people in areas with poor air quality to avoid outdoor activities if they experience eye irritation, coughing or a sore throat.
People with cardiovascular or respiratory diseases, children and the elderly in affected areas should avoid spending time outdoors, according to the environmental agency.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel