Ho Chi Minh City to close central roads for weekend fire drill

By Dinh Muoi, Thanh Nien News

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Road parts marked red will be closed during the fire drill and the colored arrows are alternative routes. Photo from HCMC Transport Department Road parts marked red will be closed during the fire drill and the colored arrows are alternative routes. Photo from HCMC Transport Department

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Ho Chi Minh City will close several downtown roads on Saturday morning to conduct a major fire drill, the biggest test of its kind in the country this year. 
The drill will follow a similar exercise on Thursday morning. 
All the roads surrounding shopping mall Vincom Center B will be closed between 8 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. 
The part of Dong Khoi Street between Nguyen Du and Le Loi will be blocked, and travelers are recommended to take alternative routes. 
Ly Tu Trong will also be closed in its section between Pasteur to Hai Ba Trung. Le Thanh Ton will be closed between Hai Ba Trung and Nguyen Hue. 
Around 700 firefighters and many other emergency responders will be put to the test. They will practice rescuing 700 people from an explosion due to a gas leak in the basement of the Vincom building, which is a shopping mall and housing complex of 20 stories and three basement floors.

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