By: Elaine Hou
Taipei, March 24 (CNA) About 800 servicemen were mobilized Thursday to take part in a large-scale disaster drill held by a local government in central Taiwan as part of an effort to improve the country’s disaster response.
The drill, hosted by the Nantou County government, simulated various disaster scenes resulting from a severe typhoon and a powerful earthquake.
President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), senior Taiwanese officials, and representatives from 45 countries observed the exercise, as part of an international exchange program in the field of humanitarian assistance.
One of the scenarios, set up at the National Fire Agency’s Training Center, simulated a mudslide caused by an approaching typhoon, with four people trapped and one missing. [FULL STORY]