Casualties caused by landmines and unexploded ordnance decreased last year in comparison to 2016, the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority has said.
According to a CMAA report released this week, there were 39 accidents in 2017, a decrease of 46 percent if compared with the 72 cases in 2016.
The report added that of the 39 incidents, 20 cases were mine explosions and 19 were explosive remnants of war. When combined, these resulted in 58 casualties, a decrease of 30 percent compared to the 83 casualties in 2016.
“Of the 58 causalities, 10 people killed, 35 people injured and 13 people amputated,” the report said, noting that 60 percent of casualties were men, 24 percent were boys under 18-years-old, nine percent were women and another seven percent were girls.
Since 1979, a total of 64,720 casualties have been recorded by the Cambodia Mine/ERW Victim Information System.
Heng Ratana, director-general of the Cambodian Mine Action Centre, said in December that his centre would receive $1.2 million from the United Nation Development Programme for a one-year mine clearance project in three provinces in 2018.
He said the governments of Canada, Australia and Switzerland were supporting a project called Clearing for Results to remove mines in Pailin, Battambang and Banteay Meanchey provinces.
The project will be supported by the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority. “With this project, CMAC plans to demine a total of 7,500,000 square meters of land,” Mr Ratana said.