Mine Blast Injures Farmers

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The damaged threshing machine. Supplied

Two farmers were injured, one seriously, yesterday when their threshing machine drove over a landmine.
 
Police in Battambang province’s Samlot district said the pair were driving on a rice field dike.
 
“The farmers have been planting their rice for many years without facing landmines or having any accident,” an officer said.
 
“They thought there were no mines, but unfortunately a landmine exploded when the threshing machine drove on it.”
 
He said the weight of a person could not set off the mine, but the weight of the machine could.
 
The victims were sent to the provincial hospital.  Klean Vuth, 28, was seriously injured on his right leg and Soy Sokea, 24, was slightly hurt on his face and waist.
 
“Their threshing machine suffered about 70 percent damage,” the officer said, adding that so far this year there had been about three mine explosions in his district.
 
The Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority said casualties from landmines and explosive remnants of war declined over the first nine months of this year compared with the same period last year.
 
Sixty-nine casualties were recorded this year, compared with 85 over the same period last year, including 24 killed, 20 amputations and 25 with injuries not requiring amputation.
 
From 1979 to September 2016, a total of 64,648 mine or remnants of war casualties were recorded by the Cambodia Mines/UXO Victim Information System.

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