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Mine casualties remain stagnant

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CMAC deminer working at the field. CMAC

The number of casualties caused by landmine and explosive remnants of war remained stagnant this year, according to a report issued by the Cambodian Mine Action Authority.

The report, obtained by Khmer Times today, stated that ten people were killed and another 48 people were injured from January until December, the same number of casualties as in 2017.

“The figures for the deaths and injuries are the same as last year,” the report said, noting that this year there were 16 children casualties, 36 men and six women. In 2017, there were 18 children casualties, 35 men and 5 women.

The report added that the casualties occurred in 16 provinces, including Kampong Speu, Battambang, Preah Vihear, Oddar Meanchey, Banteay Meanchey, Kampong Cham, Kratie, Pursat, Siem Reap, Kampong Chhnang, Kandal, Mondolkiri, Ratanakkiri, Koh Kong, Pailin, and the capital Phnom Penh.

It noted that the most casualties were reported in Kampong Speu, with 11.

The Kingdom is aiming to become mine-free by 2025.

Full story in Friday’s paper

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