Tractor Driver Injured by Landmine

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A tractor driver was seriously injured after driving over a landmine while plowing farmland on Monday evening in Siem Reap province’s Varin district, according to local police.
 
District police section chief Laing Nge said Sorn Dany, 34, who was commissioned to plow a plot of land by local farmers in Dai Av village, was driving his tractor at about 5pm when the back tire struck a landmine.
 
“The tractor ran over the landmine and it exploded, seriously injuring him and damaging the tractor,” he said, adding that his left arm and leg were badly injured in the explosion.
 
He was immediately sent to Battambang provincial hospital for treatment.
 
An estimated 4-6 million landmines and other munitions left over from decades of war and internal conflict continue to contaminate Cambodia, according to a Cambodian Mine Action Authority report from November last year.
 
The northwestern regions bordering Thailand are heavily affected, after previously being used as Khmer Rouge strongholds, while other parts of the country are considered moderate to low impact zones, affected mainly by unexploded bombs and other remnants of war.
 
The report states landmine and unexploded ordnance explosions killed 19,720 people from 1979 to September 2015.

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