Experts from the Cambodian Mine Action Centre on Monday removed 54 unexploded B-40 rockets in Preah Vihear province’s Choam Ksan district.
Heng Rattana, CMAC director general, today said a cache of war remnants containing 54 B-40 rockets was found in Sra Aem commune. He added that experts suspect more are buried in the area.
“Upon inspection, it was revealed that the rockets were buried a long time ago, likely during the civil war period, since the rockets are old in appearance,” Mr Rattana said. “Most of them were damaged, but some were still perfectly active and can cause serious danger.”
Mr Rattana noted that CMAC experts have put up warning signs urging people in the area to be more careful of mines.
A report by the Cambodian Mine Action Authority, published last month, revealed a 100-percent increase in landmine casualties during the first six months of this year when compared to the same period last year.
“Eleven people were killed, up from seven deaths over the same period last year,” the report said. “Thirty-nine people were injured and another 12 people had limbs amputated. During the same period last year, there were 17 people who were injured and seven people who had amputations.”
A recent CMAC report also noted that about 45,500 unexploded ordnance and landmines were unearthed from nearly 90 square kilometres and destroyed last year. Cambodia is aiming to be mine-free by 2025.