Britain funds US$4.5m for UXO clearance in Laos

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VIENTIANE (NNN-KPL) – Mines Advisory Group (MAG) Laos, has been granted US$4.5 million in funding, from the British government for its unexploded ordnance (UXO) clearance operations for 13 months in Xieng Khuang province, in northern Laos, along with a non-technical survey and mine risk education in central Laos’ Khammuan province.

In 2017, over 3,800 hectares of land were cleared of 108,586 UXO items, including 84,977 cluster munitions on 3,882 hectares of land.

From 1965 to 1973, the United States dropped some two million tonnes of ordinance on Laos, during the Vietnam War, which were designed to break apart and release a payload of smaller bombs. As many as 30 percent of these bombs did not explode.

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