CMAA records 73% increase in mine casualties

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Officials from Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority looking for unexploded mines underground. Supplied

The Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority today reported a 73 percent increase in the number of casualties during the first four months of 2019 when compared to the same period last year.

According to its report, 26 incidents occurred from January until April,  a 73 percent jump compared to 15 during the same period in 2018.

“Of the 26 mines and  explosive remnants of war accidents, eight cases, or 31 percent, involved mines, while 18, or 69 percent, were ERW accidents,” the report said.

“From January to April, eight people were killed and 39 others were injured,” it added. “[Last year in the same period] five people were killed, 19 were injured.”

The report noted that from January 1979 to April this year, a total of 64,825 incidents were recorded, which killed 19,776 people and injured 36,007 others.

Full story in Friday’s paper

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