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Over 150 UXOs found in Pursat province

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Over 150 UXOs are found in a farmland in Pursat’s Veal Veng district. CMAA

More than 150 unexploded ordnances have been found by villagers in a farm located in the Pursat province’s Kropeur Pi commune. They were safely destroyed by HALO Trust organisation.

Veal Veng district police officer Soley Mesa said yesterday 53 kinds of UXOs were found by villagers on Monday, including 105 B40 rockets, 44 B62 rockets and four types of 76 rockets.

He added, “The area was a battlefield during the Khmer Rouge. These UXOs were found when the farm owner,  wanting to expand his farmland, started to plough the land to cultivate corn. He came across the UXOs and reported it to our police officers.”

The officers then contacted HALO Trust to destroy it.

“The experts have already destroyed it safely and no one was injured,” he said.

Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority has called on all citizens to be cautious and avoid touching, pounding, throwing or playing with UXOs, as they may explode and cause death, injuries or disabilities.

In addition, should they come across UXOs, they have to report it to local authorities or nearby landmine operators.

According to a report from the CMAA, five people were killed and 21 others injured by landmines and UXOs in the first four months of the year.

The figure has decreased by about 48 percent comparing to the same period last year when nearly 50 casualties were recorded.

During the four-month period, landmine operators across the country also cleared 36,180,704 square metres of mine-contaminated areas, uncovering 4,893 anti-personnel mines, 120 anti-tank mines, and 14,195 explosive remnants of war.

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