Thu, Dec 14, 2006 - Page 2 News List

Sandstorm information available electronically

By Shelley Shan  /  STAFF REPORTER

Starting yesterday, Taiwanese will be able to receive status information on sandstorms via e-mail or text messages on their cellphones.

The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) said in an official statement yesterday that people can either subscribe to the service by submitting their e-mail address on the administration's Web site at www.epa.gov.tw/dust.

For those wishing to be notified on their cellphones, they can make a request by calling (02)2311-7722 extension 2322.

The EPA added that sandstorms generally affect air quality in East Asian countries from November through May.

The sand particles are pushed southwards by cold masses from the north, causing the density of floating particles in the air to dramatically increase.

Meanwhile, the administration said it will be on the lookout for deteriorations in air quality resulting from sandstorms and, if required, will issue the appropriate communiques.

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