Cambodian Mine Action Centre officials on Tuesday detonated a pile of about 20 bombs found by a farmer working his land in Preah Vihear province.
Chan Dy, Chey Sen district deputy chief of police, said yesterday that a Samrong village farmer notified police about the discovery of a pile of unexploded ordnances in his rice field. He added that no one was hurt during the discovery.
“We and CMAC experts went to the farm and found these bombs that were buried since the Khmer Rouge regime,” Mr Dy said. “They were still active.”
He said that a total of 21 unexploded ordnances were suspected to be Mark 82 bombs, adding that a total of 26 UXOs were found this month in the district.
Mr Dy said that CMAC demining officials destroyed the bombs following inspections.
Recently, authorities tasked with demining the country reported numerous accounts of discovering UXOs in other provinces.
On Monday, CMAC director-general Heng Ratana said on Facebook that ten anti-personnel landmines were found in Battambang province’s Samlot district.
Additionally, last week nearly 100 UXOs were handed over to authorities by farmers in Preah Vihear province’s Koulen district.
According to a CMAC statement, after 25 years of demining, Cambodia has cleared about one million anti-personnel mines, 25,000 anti-tank mines and about 2.6 million explosives remnants of war.Authorities have managed to lower the number of casualties from about 4,300 per year in 1996, to an annual average of about 100 over the last five years.
The Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority estimates that 2,000 square kilometres of land remains to be cleared.
Cambodia aims to be mine-free by 2025, but a CMAA official recently said that donors are needed to reach the goal.
CMAC recently signed a 12-month contract agreeing to cooperate with the State Department of the United States under a project called Cluster Munitions Remnant Survey and Clearance. The State Department granted CMAC a total of $1.6 million to support the project.