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Wan'an Drill to be held in northern Taiwan Tuesday

Wan'an Drill to be held in northern Taiwan Tuesday

Taipei, April 27 (CNA) A defense and disaster prevention drill, code-named Wan'an No. 38, will be held in the six cities and counties in northern Taiwan on Tuesday, according to the Ministry of National Defense. After sirens sound at 1:30 p.m. in Taipei, New Taipei, Keelung, Taoyuan and Hsinchu cities and Hsinchu and Yilan counties, pedestrians and vehicles will have to stay off the road as ordered by soldiers, police and civil defense workers at the time, the ministry said. High-speed trains, Taipei Metro trains, and flights, however, will not be affected by the drill. Vehicles already on the freeway will also be exempt from the ban, but no cars will be allowed to get on the freeway and those exiting the freeway will have to pull to the side of the road until the drill ends at 2 p.m., the ministry said. Motorists or pedestrians who do not follow the orders of drill workers will face fines of up NT$150,000 (US$4,891), the ministry warned. In Taipei, the city will also stage a disaster rescue drill called Min'an No. 1, in which firefighters will demonstrate their skill at rescuing victims in a simulated earthquake and gas explosion. A team of rescuers from the Tokyo Fire Department will also take part in the drill, the Taipei Fire Department said. (By Lu Hsin-hui and Maubo Chang)


Updated : 2021-09-19 16:27 GMT+08:00