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S. Korea holds civil defense drill

2013/08/21 14:55

SEOUL, Aug. 21 (Yonhap) -- South Korea staged a nationwide civil defense drill on Wednesday to better prepare the country against North Korean military provocations.

Traffic was controlled and pedestrians took shelter in subway stations and underground facilities, while households were asked to shut off power and gas during the 15-minute training exercise that began at 2 p.m. with an air-raid siren.

South Korea, which remains technically at war with the North after the 1950-53 Korean War ended in a cease-fire and not a peace treaty, has been conducting the drills regularly since the late 1960s.

Evacuation exercises were also carried out in border cities with the North, according to officials. Wednesday's drill follows three days of defense training involving government agencies that began earlier this week.

Several cities in Gyeonggi and Gangwon Provinces that had been hit hard by recent rainfall did not take part in the exercise, according to officials.