Nem Thout, 17, and his wife Phea Phan, 20, were seriously injured after mishandling a piece of unexploded ordnance (UXO) on Friday (March 29) morning in Banteay Meanchey province’s Svay Chek district.
Colonel Chea Slouch, Svay Chek’s district police chief, recounted the events, “The couple left home to harvest vegetables in the jungle, which is about 1½ kilometres outside their village. While searching for vegetables they spotted a piece of unexploded ordnance. They picked it up and hit a dead tree with it. It exploded, injuring them both.”
The sound of the alarmed the villagers and that led to the couple’s parents and the police going to the scene. The pair was sent off to Svay Chek referral hospital most quickly.
Col. Slouch warned everyone who often goes into the jungle not to touch any unexploded remnants of was they might find. They should rush to inform local authorities or the Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC).
The Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA) reported that neigh on 30 people died or were injured as a result of contact with UXOs in the first two months of 2019.
Heng Ratana, director general of the CMAC, used Facebook on Thursday (March 28) to inform that he has received final confirmation of $2 million in grants for the 12 month period from March 2019 to February 2020. This financial assistance will be used to further clear the eastern provinces of Cambodia.