Three people were injured in two separate mine explosions that occurred in Kandal and Preah Vihear provinces over the weekend.
According to a Cambodian Mine Action Authority report, two women were injured when a mine exploded on Saturday evening in Anlong Romeat commune in Kandal province’s Kandal Stung district.
The victims were identified as Chan Mom, 40, and Lay Srey Cheat, 19, who are currently receiving treatment at a hospital.
“The incident occurred when the victims were burning the forest to clear it and a mine exploded and injured them,” the report said. “One of them suffered a serious injury on her leg while the other was only slightly injured.”
In a separate case, 53-year-old Srey Pin injured his leg when a mine exploded in Choam Khsan commune in Preah Vihear province’s Choam Khsan district on Sunday.
The incident occurred when Mr Pin was walking around the forest with a group of people.
Young Hoat, a Choam Khsan commune official, expressed sympathy on behalf of local authorities.
“We appeal to residents who have seen any or suspect of any mine to report it to local authorities,” Mr Hoat said.
Heng Ratana, director-general of the Cambodian Mine Action Centre, last week said that throughout January to April this year, CMAC has cleared approximately 44 square kilometres of landmines, or approximately 89 percent of its planned target.
“Some of the deaths and injuries caused by unexploded ordnance were caused by reckless behaviour,” Mr Ratana said.
He noted that CMAC has received training from mine experts in more than 10 countries, adding that the organisation also has 70 dogs assisting them in field operations.
The Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority 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.
As many as 26 incidents occurred from January until April, a 73 percent jump compared to the 15 during the same period in 2018.
The report said eight people were killed and 39 others were injured during the first four months of this year, while in the same period last year, five people were killed and 19 were injured.