Two people were killed in an explosion on Monday after they attempted to rid their farm of an uncovered UXO in Pursat province’s Veal Veng district, officials said yesterday.
Heng Ratana, director-general of the Cambodian Mine Action Center (CMAC), said yesterday the UXO set off when the two men lifted it and hurled it away from their farm in Anlong Reap commune’s Dey Krahorm village.
Police identified the victims as Yun Sary, 39 and De Tra, 20, both of whom lived in Anlong Reap commune.
The Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA) said that the area where the UXO explosion occurred was a battlefield during the 1980s.
On the same day, officials unearthed about 18 rifles and four bombs in a cache in Kampong Chhnang province’s Kampong Leng district, according to Ratana.
“None of the weapons and UXOs are functional because they had been buried underground for years,” said Ratana.
In related news, two pagodas and two schools in Kandal province on Monday handed over six bells made from war remnants to CMAA officials following the advice by the CMAC.
Ratana previously said that using bells from war remnants in schools could imply a message to children that picking up or playing with the UXOs would not pose any danger to them.
“Let’s eliminate the use of the bells made from the bombs and promote the sound of the Khmer Traditional drums,” he said.
Ratana also appealed to villagers to report sightings of UXOs and landmines to local officials so that they could be properly disposed.
“Please contact local police officers or CMAC experts and do not touch or move the devices,” he said.
According to CMAA’s six-month report, eight people were killed and 27 others were injured by landmines and UXOs in Cambodia.
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