A farmer in Pursat province’s Veal Veng district was seriously injured when he hit an unexploded remnant of the war with his plough and in Ratanakiri province’s Taveng district five persons were injured when they tried to DYI (do-it-yourself) an explosive device.
Heng Ratana, director general of the Cambodian Mine Action Centre, posted on Facebook that Pich Him, a 44 year-old farmer from Pursat province, literally “plowed into” a UXO (unexploded ordnance) near the village of Khmeng Krom on Thursday (March 21). The explosion caused him serious bodily harm; he was taken to the provincial hospital for medical treatment.
Ratanakiri province’s Taveng district police chief Ang Pheouk reported that 40-year-old Heng Saroeun, bought fireworks (cherry bombs), removed the power and filled a beverage can with it to make a DYI “bomb”– why is anyone’s guess.
He accidently dropped a cigarette into the can and the ensuing explosion injured his right leg badly. Two boys standing nearby, one 11 years-old and the other 8, were seriously injured; two adults suffered minor injuries. All were sent to provincial hospital.
The Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority announced last week that in the first two months of 2019 neigh on 30 people died or were injured as a result of contact with UXOs.