CMAC unearths more than 500 old bombs

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An expert team from the Cambodian Mine Action Centre has discovered about 560 landmines and unexploded ordnances in four provinces.

Director-general Heng Ratana said on Friday that his officials had found several different types of explosives, including anti-personnel mines, anti-tank mines and bombs, in Battambang, Kampong Cham, Siem Reap and Banteay Meanchey provinces.

“The government and development partners are making an effort to ensure that our land is safe and that nothing threatens the lives of the people, such as chemical bombs or other remnants of war that had been buried underground,” Mr Ratana said.

The number of casualties from landmines and unexploded ordnances dropped 21 percent in the first four months of 2017 when compared to the same period in 2016, according to a report by the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority.

The April 2017 report said there were 26 casualties in the first four months of 2017, compared to 33 during the same period in 2016.

Mines and UXOs remain a leading cause of casualties and deaths in the kingdom, with an estimated four to six million landmines and other munitions left over from decades of war and internal conflict, according to a CMAC report from November last year.

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