Wed, Jul 30, 2008 - Page 1 News List

First nighttime Wanan drill to be held next week


The Taipei City Government called on residents to stay home and turn their lights off between 10:30pm and 11pm next Tuesday for the Wanan (萬安) air raid drill, which will be held at night for the first time.

The drill, which will cover areas between Hsinchu County and Ilan County, will be held at night to help people prepare for nighttime scenarios, the Ministry of National Defense said.

Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) will oversee the 30-minute drill from the 72nd floor of Taipei 101, Department of Information and Tourism Commissioner Yang Hsiao-tung (羊曉東) said.

Lin Der-chuan (林得銓), a division chief at the Taipei City Secretariat, said convenience stores, malls, night markets and other stores would all be required to turn off their lights and halt operations during the drill. Streetlights and traffic lights will remain on.

Taipei’s mass-rapid transit system will continue operations during the drill, but passengers who exit trains will be directed to designated areas, while drivers will be required to pull their vehicles to the curb, he said.

Failure to follow the rules could result in fines between NT$30,000 and NT$150,000.

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