A farmer was severely injured and sent to hospital after driving his tractor over an anti-tank mine in Battambang province’s Phnom Proek district on Friday afternoon.
Lieutenant Colonel Sareth Viseth, police chief of Phnom Proek district, said the victim, Kry Bros, 29, lives in Barang commune and was the owner of the farm.
Lt. Col Vichit noted that the incident happened at around 1:30pm when the victim was driving the tractor to harvest corns as usual.
“He has done this work for many years But today he drove the tractor over an anti-tank mine, which was buried deep in the farmland and it exploded. He was injured seriously and sent to the provincial referral hospital immediately,” he said.
Lt. Col Viseth also noted that the anti-tank mine exploded at the area along the border, adding that there are still some unexploded ordnance scattered on the ground, which have been left since the war.
The Cambodian Mine Action Authority has reported that casualties increased this year by more than 40 percent when compared with the same period last year.
The CMAA noted that there were 71 casualties from January to October due to landmine and unexploded ordnance incidents. Of them, 11 people died, 47 were injured and 13 had to undergo amputation.