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Farmer finds 140 UXOs in Siem Reap

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A farmer found more than 100 UXOs while driving a tractor to plough his rice field in Siem Reap province on Monday.

Colonel Sun Eng, Svay Loeu district police chief, said 45-year-old farmer Ken Kay was driving a tractor to plough his rice field located in Khna Krao village in Kantuot commune when he found the 140 UXOs.

“After Mr Kay found them, he contacted police officers and they told CMAC officials in Siem Reap to collect them,” Col Eng said, noting that CMAC officials have destroyed the UXOs.

Col Eng noted that the UXOs were remnants from the civil war between government troops and the Khmer Rouge.

“Please, we urge that people alert police officers or authorities when they find any UXOs or mines, and please do not touch them,” Col Eng said.

Heng Ratana, director-general of Cambodian Mine Action Centre, could not be reached for comment yesterday.

In April, the CMAC noted that it had cleared 25 kilometres of landmines and destroyed more than 9,400 unexploded ordnance in the past three months, during which time 44 people were killed or injured in explosions.

Mr Ratana at the time noted that CMAC met 90 percent of its demining target for the first three months of the year.

He added CMAC had also educated more than 80,000 people on the dangers of landmines and cooperated with local authorities to solve 1,000 requests for mine clearance from the villagers.

“I regret that 44 people have either been killed or injured by landmines in the past three months,” Mr Ratana said. “I thank the government, donors, local authorities and all partners for their warm support to CMAC to successfully fulfil its humanitarian efforts.”

In February, CMAC issued a report saying that about 45,500 unexploded ordnance and landmines were unearthed from nearly 90 square kilometres in the Kingdom last year.

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